Introduction

This handbook was prepared by the Oregon Bar-Press-Broadcasters Council to increase cooperation among these professions and provide wider understanding of the Oregon court system among journalists and broadcasters.

Members of the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Oregon Association of Broadcasters shared their expertise to develop this reference manual. Its purpose is to answer the most commonly asked questions concerning the media and courts.

This handbook explains concepts such as common law and statutory law. It answers questions about the ethical boundaries of the media and courts. It explains how ethics rules are enforced and who enforces them. Defamation, privacy laws, public access to government records and rules regarding cameras in the courtroom are among the topics discussed. A glossary of common legal terms concludes the handbook.

The authors have produced a short course on how courts function. The intent of this effort is to enhance understanding between those who use the courts and those who inform the public about courtroom events.


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