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(1) All proceedings or actions before the municipal judge shall be commenced by complaint or citation setting forth the violation of this Code, with such particulars as to the time or place or person or property as to enable the defendant to understand the character of the offense and answer the complaint or citation.

(2) All complaints or citations for traffic violations and traffic offenses issued by a police officer shall contain a form of certificate by the arresting officer to the effect that the officer is certified under penalties provided in ORS 153.995 that the officer has reasonable grounds to believe, and does believe, that the person cited committed the offense contrary to law. Except for citations for parking violations, all other citations shall contain the requirements set forth in ORS 133.065. Citations for violation of parking regulations need not be verified by oath. All other complaints shall be verified by the oath of the person making the same.

(3) The defendant may move against or demur to a complaint, or shall plead thereto. The defendant may move against a citation or shall plead thereto. Pleas may be oral or may be in writing. Upon entry of a plea of not guilty, the case shall be placed upon the trial docket for trial in the normal course.

(Section 2.770 amended by Ordinance No. 18048, enacted September 7, 1977; Ordinance No. 19219, enacted February 8, 1984; Ordinance No. 19462, enacted April 13, 1987; and administratively amended by Ordinance No. 20113, enacted April 6, 1998, effective May 6, 1998.)