(a) “County law” means a county charter adopted pursuant to ORS 203.710 to 203.770 and legislation passed by a charter county or any ordinance enacted by a general
(b) “County offense” means any crime or offense defined or made punishable by county
(2) Except as may be provided otherwise by county law:
(a) The justice courts and circuit court for a county have jurisdiction of county
offenses to the same extent as such courts have jurisdiction of crimes or offenses
defined or made punishable by state law, as determined by the maximum punishment which
may be imposed therefor.
(b) The district attorney shall prosecute county offenses unless the county governing
body elects to have the prosecution of such offenses conducted by a county counsel
appointed pursuant to ORS 203.145.
(c) The practice and procedure as to the prosecution, trial and punishment of county
offenses shall be the same as in the case of similar crimes or offenses defined or
made punishable by state law.
(3) Except as may be provided otherwise by county law and subject to limitations on
its civil jurisdiction under state law, the justice court and circuit court for a
county have jurisdiction of a civil proceeding maintained by a county under ORS 30.310 or 30.315, including a proceeding to abate or enjoin any act or condition that is declared
to be a nuisance by an ordinance of the county.
(4) Judgments based on county offenses may be enforced in the manner provided by ORS 52.600.
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