Harris Law Firm | Jennifer C. Robins
In Oregon, the information (pre-indictment charging instrument) or indictment is public record and, therefore, an attorney may discuss with the public the charges pending. An attorney may not discuss the police reports or other evidence in the case without client permission first. Anything that is said in court is also public record and may be discussed by the attorney. So, for example, an attorney may tell people, "Mr. Smith had been charged with crimes X, Y and Z," but may not comment on the case itself. These general rules apply to all attorneys, not just public defenders.
Answer Applies to: Oregon