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I am running for circuit court position 3. The civil docket in Lincoln County, Oregon has been backed up for years.
I have practiced civil law throughout Oregon for almost 30 years. Although the problem of civil cases backing up is not a new one, it is one that is becoming much, much worse over the last several years. This is a statewide problem, but one that seems much worse here in Lincoln County due to the relatively small permanent population here. The number of full time judges we have is determined by that population. We don’t have enough judges, and the judges we have don’t have enough support due to severe budgeting constraints.
The civil side of the court needs to be run more efficiently. Civil proceedings are lawsuits between persons, usually not involving the State, and not requesting a fine or confinement (jail or prison). Civil cases should be resolved within one year of filing, absent unusual circumstances. Presently, it is common for civil cases to take much longer than a year to resolve.
To resolve civil lawsuits more efficiently, we need a judge who has had substantial, recent experience actually litigating civil cases under the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure and Uniform Trial Court Rules. I submit that I am that person. I ask for your vote to bring experience, transparency, and efficiency to our civil court. Your vote is your choice. Please vote in the May 15, 2018 election. Ballots will be mailed out toward the end of April. If you haven’t registered to vote, it is easy to do online: www.oregonvotes.org.
s/ Russell L. Baldwin
Candidate, Lincoln County Circuit Court, Position 3