Russell L Baldwin
Nonpartisan, for Judge of the Circuit Court, 17th District, Position 3
Occupation: Attorney at Law.
Occupational Background: I have been employed as a civil litigator and transactional attorney for twenty-nine years.
Educational Background: University of Oregon School of Law, J.D. 1989. Whitman College, BA 1986.
Prior Governmental Experience: Interim City Attorney of the City of Falls City. Oregon State Bar: Judicial Administration Committee and Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. I began my legal career in Lincoln City in 1989.
I am running for judge because I am gravely concerned that people with civil issues involving real property, business, collections, and divorce, are unable to have their matters timely heard. The court’s decisions are often left unexplained. Currently, litigants requesting special findings of fact and conclusions of law often do not receive a neutral decision simply applying the facts to the law.
Litigants are not receiving findings and conclusions due in part to economics. During my time on the Judicial Administration Committee, we tasked to find ways to better fund our state courts. Our courts are severely underfunded. It is a problem that has faced each of our Chief Justices of the Supreme Court over the last 30 years.
In order for our state to function for its people, persons with civil disputes need an effective, timely, and neutral venue in which to have their concerns heard, and resolved, in a timely manner. It is my personal opinion that our circuit courts are not providing access to that civil justice. Currently, criminal cases take priority over all civil cases on the court’s docket. It is my desire, with almost 30 years of experience litigating both simple and complex cases, to use my experience and legal talent to fairly, completely, and timely adjudicate civil matters consistently with the requirements of our state constitution.
I ask for your vote. I look forward to bringing my substantial legal experience, integrity and fairness to the court in full service to the people of Lincoln County.
(This information furnished by Russell L. Baldwin.)