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Salem Governments Brace for Unrest
It’s not like it’s Portland or anything.

The Capitol, and Marion County Courts are bracing for expected demonstrations in Salem on Wednesday.

The following email was sent to all Capitol employees by Legislative Administration, which is responsible for the operation of the Capitol building

Capitol Occupants,

Tomorrow, January 6th, there will be rallies at the Capitol similar to the rally on December 21st. This will likely draw a large crowd and could result in potential damage to the building.

As a precautionary measure, operations within the Capitol will be closed tomorrow. Legislative Administration services will be available via phone, email and Teams.

In an abundance of caution, OSP urges all Capitol occupants remain away from the building tomorrow.

Non-Essential Employees who are unable to work (including unable to work from home) due the closure shall be granted leave with pay during the time of the closure.

Presiding Marion County Circuit Court Judge, Tracy A. Prall sent an email out to impacted Marion County Courthouse employees.

The Sheriff has asked us to close the main Courthouse tomorrow in anticipation of civil unrest. We have been briefed and we have greed to close the Courthouse -- we will not be able to conduct even remote hearings as there will be no staff in the building to start the record. Additionally, we would not be able to hold Grand Jury in the Courthouse.

The Sheriff is meeting with the Commissioners later this morning to encourage closure of Courthouse Square. If Courthouse Square closes, the District Attorney's office will be closed and they will not be able to file new matters for arraignment or to conduct Grand Jury proceedings, also your defense offices may choose to close. If Courthouse Square and partner offices close, we will close the Annex and Juvenile as well.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-01-05 19:28:12Last Update: 2021-01-05 20:02:31

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