CRIME VICTIMS' COMPENSATION
As used in these rules:
(1) "Administrator" means the administrator of the office of Special Compensation Programs of the Oregon State Department of Justice.
(2) "Contract" means a contract by a person or legal entity with any individual charged with or convicted of committing a compensable crime in the State of Oregon or found guilty except for insanity with regard to such a crime, or with a representative or assignee of that individual, for the payment of money in return for the right to reenact such crime, or to describe the individual's thoughts, opinions or emotions regarding the crime, in a motion picture, book, magazine, article, tape recording, phonograph record, radio or television presentation or live entertainment of any kind.
(3) "Compensable Crime" has the meaning under ORS 147.005.
(4) "Department" means the Department of Justice of the State of Oregon.
(5) "Dependent" has the meaning under ORS 147.005.
(6) "Escrow Account" means an account established by the Department with the State Treasurer dedicated for the purpose of Oregon Laws 1985 Chapter 552, Section 3.
(7) "Judgment" means a money judgment received in a civil action for damages suffered as a result of a compensable crime.
(8) "Victim" has the meaning under ORS 147.005.
(1) Upon receipt of information concerning a contract, or a judgment or restitution order which may be subject to the provisions of Section 3, Chapter 552, Oregon Laws 1985 the administrator shall promptly investigate as necessary and determine whether the subject contract, judgment or restitution order falls within the provisions of said statute. Upon completion of such investigation, the administrator shall issue in writing a proposed determination and/or order with regard to the contract or matter in question.
(2) Written notice of the proposed determination and/or order shall be served in the same manner as service of a summons under the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure (ORCP) on the contracting party or parties, the person charged with, convicted, or found guilty, except for insanity of the crime, and any known victims or dependents of deceased victims of the crime, and by certified mail, return receipt requested on such other persons or legal entities as the administrator may determine have an interest in the contract or subject matter of the proposed determination and/or order. Such notice shall contain the following statement:
"This proposed determination and/or order will become final within 30 days of the date of service of this notice unless a hearing is requested in writing by an interested party. If you disagree with the proposed determination and/or order, you have the right to a hearing before the Department of Justice prior to a final determination in this matter. A request for a hearing must be made in writing addressed to: Administrator, Special Compensation Programs, Oregon State Department of Justice, 100 Justice Building, Salem, Oregon 97310. The request must state the reason for your disagreement with the proposed determination and/or order, and your interest in this matter."
(3) If a hearing is not requested within the time allowed, the proposed determination and/or order shall become the final decision of the Department.
(4) Upon receipt of a request for a hearing, the administrator shall conduct or shall appoint a hearing officer to conduct a hearing on the matter.
(5) The party requesting the hearing and all persons or entities mentioned in section (2) of this rule shall be notified in writing of the time, place and purpose of the hearing and informed of the rights of a party under ORS 183.413. A copy of the request for hearing shall also be provided. The notice shall be mailed certified mail, return receipt requested, not less than ten days before the date of the hearing.
(6) Hearings shall be conducted as a contested case in accordance with ORS Chapter 183 and the Attorney General's Model Rules of Procedure.
(7) Whenever the administrator determines that a substantial danger exists that moneys paid or owing to a person charged with or convicted of a crime pursuant to a contract which may be subject to the provisions of Section 3, Chapter 552, Oregon Laws 1985 Chapter 552, may be concealed, wasted, converted, assigned, encumbered, disposed of, or removed from the state, prior to a final decision of the Department on the applicability of the statute to the contract; or where a necessary party to the determination cannot be served with notice of the Department's proposed determination and order despite diligent efforts to do so; the administrator may issue an emergency determination on behalf of the Department providing for the turning over of such moneys to the Department, pending the outcome of a hearing where requested and a final decision by the Department.
Notice of Establishment of an Escrow Account
In the case where a victim of crime is deceased, the notice to be published by the Department for five years from the establishment of an escrow account, under Section 3, Chapter 552, Oregon Laws 1985, shall advise dependents of such victims of the escrow moneys' availability to satisfy judgments for damages suffered as a result of the crime.
Disbursement of Moneys in the Escrow Account
(1) Moneys in the escrow account established under Section 3, Chapter 552, Oregon Laws 1985 will be disbursed by the Department to pay:
(a) Restitution orders under ORS 137.103 to 137.109; and
(b) Judgments as defined in section (1) of this rule.
(2) Payments will not be made from the escrow account on the basis of a judgment until either the amounts of all unsatisfied judgments are determined, or it is determined that the payment for an unsatisfied judgment will not diminish the escrow account so that other potential victim claims could not be satisfied. Escrow accounts having insufficient funds to meet all judgments presented by victims or dependents of deceased victims shall be prorated on the basis of the amounts of the unsatisfied judgments or partially satisfied judgments.
Notice of Action for Damages by Beneficiary of an Escrow Account
If any person or the representative of any person who has received an award from the Department under ORS Chapter 147 or any victim or dependent of a deceased victim or their representative who may because of a resulting judgment become the beneficiary of an escrow account established under Section 3, Chapter 552, Oregon Laws 1985 brings an action for damages against the person or persons criminally liable for injury or death giving rise to an award or to the establishment of an escrow account, he or she shall give written notice to the Department of the commencement of such action at the time such action is commenced. Such notice shall be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, upon the administrator of the Department's Office of Special Compensation Programs. Such persons shall keep the administrator timely apprised in writing of any subsequent settlements, judgments, or other disposition of such actions.
Contracts with Convicted Persons to Tell Story of Crime
(1) Contracts described in Section 3(1), Chapter 552, Oregon Laws 1985 include any such contract under which payment is due, on or after September 20, 1985, to an individual charged with or convicted of committing a compensable crime (as defined in ORS 147.005) in this state, or who is found guilty, except for insanity, with regard to such a crime, or who is the representative or assignee of any such individual. A copy of such contracts shall promptly be submitted to the Department by any person or entity contracting with an individual, representative or assignee described above.
(2) Monies payable to the Department pursuant to Section 3(1), Chapter 552, Oregon Laws 1985, for deposit into escrow include any monies which would otherwise, under the terms of a contract described in section (1) of this rule, be paid to the accused or convicted individual, the individual found guilty except for insanity, or the representative or assignee of such individuals, on or after September 20, 1985.
(3) Earnings, payments to and profits of the author and publisher under the contract are not subject to payment to the Department for deposit into escrow unless the author or publisher is also the accused or convicted individual, the individual found guilty but for insanity, or that individual's representative or assignee.
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