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Pursuant to Governor Brown's Executive Order 21-15, which addresses the current health and safety concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, all PSRB hearing participants are appearing remotely until further notice.  Please call our office if you have any questions.  

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Upcoming Hearings Schedule

  • November 3, 2021 (Adult Hearings) held remotely via PSRB Office in Portland
  • November 8, 2021 (Juvenile Hearings) held remotely via PSRB Office in Portland
  • November 10, 2021 (Adult Hearings) held remotely via PSRB Office in Portland
  • November 17, 2021 (Adult Hearings) held remotely via PSRB Office in Portland
  • December 1, 2021 (Adult Hearings) held remotely via PSRB Office in Portland
  • December 8, 2021 (Adult Hearings) held remotely via PSRB Office in Portland
  • December 13, 2021 (Juvenile Hearings) held remotely via PSRB Office in Portland
  • December 15, 2021 (Adult Hearings) held remotely via PSRB Office in Portland
  • December 29, 2021 (Adult Hearings) held remotely via PSRB Office in Portland
  • January 5, 2021 (Adult Hearings) held remotely via PSRB Office in Portland
  • January 10, 2021 (Juvenile Hearings) held remotely via PSRB Office in Portland
  • January 12, 2021 (Adult Hearings) held remotely via PSRB Office in Portland
  • January 26, 2021 (Adult Hearings) held remotely via PSRB Office in Portland

Types of Hearings

At an administrative hearing, the Board conducts deliberations in private so the client, case manager and attorneys do not attend. Most modifications of conditional release are handled via an administrative hearing.

At full hearings, the client, his or her attorney, Department of Justice (represents the State and the District Attorney) and the Board are at the hearing. Two-year, 5-year, revocation and conditional release hearings for adult clients are conducted through a full hearing.

Initial hearings must occur within 90 days after the court's order committing the individual to PSRB if the client is in the hospital or a secure intensive inpatient facility (ORS 161.341(6)(a)). When the court places an adult client on conditional release, there is no statutory requirement specifying the time for that client’s initial hearing; however, the Board’s policy is to set those clients’ hearings within 90 days to mirror the period associated with hospital clients.

​​Adult clients who reside at OSH will have a hearing at least once every two years. Individuals committed to a hospital under the JPSRB have hearings at least once every year.

When a person is committed to a state hospital or secure intensive community inpatient facility and the superintendent of the hospital or director of the facility is of the belief that the person no longer meets jurisdictional criteria or no longer needs hospital level of care, the statute indicates that the superintendent or director shall apply for an order of discharge or conditional release. The application must be accompanied by a report setting forth the facts supporting the opinion, and the Board is required to hold a hearing on the application within 60 days (30 days if it is a juvenile) of its receipt. Not less than 20 days (10 days if a juvenile) prior to the hearing, the report should be sent to the Attorney General. See also the section in this guide about jurisdictional discharge hearings proposed by OSH.​​​

When the PSRB places an individual on conditional release, the Board will hold a hearing at the five year (three years, if a youth) mark to consider the client's progress.

Clients may ask for a hearing every six months, requesting a conditional release evaluation, conditional release, modification to his/her conditional release, or an early discharge from jurisdiction.

A Case manager case manager may request a hearing if they support a modification to the conditional release or an early discharge from jurisdiction.

Held within 20 days (10 days, if a youth) after client is admitted to the hospital on a revocation order.

Hearings FAQ

Hearings are run like miniature trials. As such, the Board expects courtroom decorum. Cellphones should be off, or, at a minimum, on vibrate. Hats are not allowed. There is no talking allowed amongst the audience during a hearing that is being recorded (as background noise can alter the recording). Children are not allowed, unless a special request is granted; Hearings often involve discussion of graphic details of incidents and information not suitable for children. The Board typically conducts hearings all day. Bring water, lunch, snacks as you likely will not have time to take a lunch break.​​

Please notify the Board of any special requests for remote participation. For details regarding attendance at hearings via phone or video-teleconferencing, please see OAR 859-050-0100.

Typically, full hearings are scheduled up to three months in advance. Timing varies depending on the circumstances. For example, revocation hearings are scheduled just 2-3 weeks in advance. Occasionally hearings are scheduled at the last minute due to bed availability and anticipated moves of clients, or because there is a serious mental health decompensation and the hearing must be held sooner rather than later. Circumstances vary.

The Board has several statutorily-mandated timelines to conduct certain hearings. Board staff will schedule a hearing so long as witnesses are available and all necessary documents have been submitted for the exhibit file. If either the client’s attorney or the State’s attorney wants to request a continuance for a valid reason, that should be submitted to the Board at least 10-days prior to the scheduled hearing. The Board also has the authority to continue a case on reasonable grounds. Continuances are typically re-set up to 60-days, sometimes longer if requested by a party. Approximately one week prior to the hearing, the PSRB hearing paralegal will have a tentative order of hearings for the following hearing day. It is important to remember that staff cannot predict precisely how long hearings will take. Maximum flexibility by you is greatly appreciated. Staff will work closely to attempt to accommodate scheduling conflicts.​


Usually, the Board will postpone a client's hearing if the doctor is unavailable to testify; however, depending on the type of hearing and whether the client stipulates to certain matters, continuations are possible.​​​​​

The Department of Justice, defense attorney, district attorney, judge who sentenced the client as well as interested parties and victims who request it receive prior notice of all hearings by the Board.

The PSRB is composed of ten Board members, five for the Adult Panel, and five for the Juvenile Panel. A quorum of three is required to decide the outcome of each hearing, so three members are assigned for each hearing day. In instances where conflict exist and one of the sitting Board members is not allowed to render a decision on a case, PSRB staff arrange for a fourth board member to also hear the case, review the exhibit file, and render a decision.

Case Managers may call the PSRB office the day after the hearing for the verbal hearing result or wait for the Board order to be mailed, approximately two weeks after the hearing.
How soon a client is released from the hospital following a grant of conditional release depends on when the bed is available at the client's anticipated placement, but typically the hospital processes these requests as quickly as staff is able. Most often this occurs within a few days of the CR order, but the Board cannot guarantee this.

Hearings conducted by the PSRB are open to the public. Deliberations by the Board are not open to the public. For details, see the PSRB rule about public records that includes deliberations (OAR 859-040-0015) and the PSRB rule about media (OAR 859-050-0105).​​