FAQ - Law Library

Legal

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Can I find a case file, a trial transcript, a judge's order, or get a copy of a complaint at the Law Library?

A. No. You need to go to the File Room in the Washington County Circuit Courthouse.

Case files, trial transcripts, and complaints are not documents you'll find in law libraries, where you will instead find court (or judicial) opinions (also called decisions), statutes, and other published legal documents.
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Can I find legal forms at the Law Library?

A. The Law Library does not have fill-in-the-blank legal forms. It does, however, have many legal research resources with samples of different types of legal forms and legal language.

While some legal forms are online, many need to be drafted by the parties involved in the case or their lawyers. If you are representing yourself, be prepared to spend some time researching your case, drafting the documents, and typing or writing the documents you plan to file with the court.
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Can the Law Library staff recommend an attorney/lawyer?

A. No, but the Law Library can direct you to guides on "How to Find a Lawyer/Attorney."

You can also contact the Oregon State Bar (OSB) Lawyer Referral Service at 503-684-3763.
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Does Washington County have a Family Law facilitator?

A. Yes. The Family Law Assistance Program can help pro se (self-help) litigants with information about simple divorces and other basic family law matters.

The Washington County Circuit Court Family Law office is in the courthouse. It is generally open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; however, it's recommended that you call to confirm: 503-846-2898.

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Where is the Legal Aid Office?

A. In Washington County, low cost legal services are provided by the Oregon Law Center regional office in Hillsboro. The OLC is located at 230 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite F. You can also phone them at: 503-640-4115.

The Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) Hillsboro office exclusively serves migrant and seasonal farmworkers through its Farmworker Program. Their office can be found in Suite A at the same address as the Oregon Law Center and their phone number is 503-648-7163. 
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