Justice Courts

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Justice of the Peace

Richard B. Brissenden, II



900 Greenwood St

Florence, OR 97439









8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday - Thursday

Closed Friday


There are occasions where hours and functions change, so please call first if you plan to make a long trip.


The Mission of the Justice Court is to provide fair and equal access to court services for local citizens such as impartial adjudication of traffic, civil, County violations, animal regulation and small claims cases in a neutral environment.

Under the provisions of Oregon Revised Statutes, Chapters 51, 52, and 153, the Lane County Justice Court is responsible for the adjudication of violations and misdemeanors filed as violations of traffic, truck-overload, truancy, civil complaints, Lane County Code violations (such as animal regulation, parks, Lane ESD, and waste management complaints) and related post-adjudicative processes.

Justice Court staff are not able to provide legal advice. If you are in need of legal advice you may contact the agencies listed below.

Oregon State Bar (800-452-7636)
Oregon Law Center (541-485-1017)

Attention: Central Lane and Oakridge Justice Courts

The Central Lane Justice Court and Oakridge Justice Court have merged with the Florence Justice Court, which is now simply called Lane County Justice Court

Contact the Lane County Justice Court in Florence for assistance with Central court cases.

Payment Information

Payments can be made in any of the following ways:

Important: You CANNOT file paperwork or make pleas by emailing to the webmaster.

Lane County Circuit Court

The Justice Court is not a part of the Lane County Circuit Court, which is housed in the county's courthouse and operated by the State of Oregon Judicial Department. For information about the Circuit Court, call the state court offices at 541-682-4020 or visit their web site atwww.ojd.state.or.us.


Citation/Complaint:   May also be referred to as a Uniform Citation and Complaint (UCC).  This is an official summons and formal charging instrument issued by a legal authority to appear before a magistrate or a judge at a later time.


Appearance:   When a defendant answers or responds to a matter pending before the court and the results of that appearance.  An appearance may be in person, by mail or by fax.


Hearings:   A session to decide a fact or a law.  It is a proceeding where evidence is considered to determine the facts and to render decisions based on that evidence.


Trial:   The determination of a person's guilt or innocence by due process of law.  At a trial, a representative from law enforcement and the defendant will appear before the court.  Trials may be held before a judge, a jury (civil cases only), or by a sworn affidavit.


Sentence:   The judgment formally imposed by the judge upon the defendant after conviction, usually in the form of a fine, incarceration or probation.


Payment agreement:   Negotiated or assigned agreement between the defendant and Court to pay financial obligations.


Failure to appear:   A defendant's failure to answer as ordered by the court.


Guilty by default:   When a defendant does not appear/answer as ordered by the Court.


Warrant:   A written order of court which commands a law enforcement officer to arrest a person and bring the person before the court.


Suspension:   Court order that withholds the defendant's driving privileges.


Contempt:   The process where a new charge of contempt of court is filed due to a defendant's failure to appear or failure to comply with conditions of a sentence (e.g., failure to attend court ordered traffic school).


Show Cause:   An order requiring the defendant to appear in court to answer allegations of failure to pay monetary obligations or failure to comply with conditions of a sentence or deferred prosecution, diversion or probation.


Appeal:   A request for review of a case or particular issue to a higher court (Circuit Court) for review and possible reversal.


Fees:   Monetary amount assessed on each fine or forfeiture amount and mandated by state law or agency policy.  Priority of collection, distribution, waivers and adjustments of fines and fees are also governed by state law, city or county ordinance, agency policy or judge's ruling.


Financial Judgment:   The court's determination of monetary obligation of the defendant which includes fines and fees.


NSF Checks:   Checks returned by the bank due to insufficient funds, closed accounts, or stop payment orders.


Garnishments:   Claims on property or money held by a third party in order to satisfy a debt.


Small Claim/Civil:   A legal process to expeditiously adjudicate claims that seek damages below a specified amount as set by statute.  Effective October 1, 2011, that amount is $10,000 or below.


Civil Eviction (FED):   The process of legally dispossessing a person of land or rental property.


Suspended License

Please note: If your license has been suspended for failing to pay your fine it is the court's procedure to fax the license clearance to the DMV headquarters in Salem, Oregon. We cannot guarantee when your clearance will be processed by the DMV. If your license is due to be suspended soon (or if it is already suspended) and you need a clearance immediately, you may come to the court Monday - Thursday (except holidays) between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to pick up a copy of your clearance to take directly to a local DMV office.