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Office of Public Defense Services

Our Mission:

To administer a public defense system that ensures the provision of public defense services in the most cost-efficient manner consistent with the Oregon Constitution, the United States Constitution, and Oregon and national standards of justice.

Our Vision:

  • An agency that is a model for other agencies in its responsiveness to clients, customers and stakeholders
  • An Appellate Division that serves as a vigilant guardian of the legal rights of public defense clients and the public's interest in equal justice and due process of law
  • A Contract & Financial Services Division that provides efficient and effective management of public defense resources statewide
  • A Public Defense Services Commission that strives to be a visionary planner, a responsive and cooperative policy maker, and a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars