The Public Defense Services Commission (PDSC) is an independent body that governs the Office of Public Defense Services (OPDS). The Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court appoints the seven Commission members. The Commission's primary charge is to establish "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[.]"
The PDSC appoints the Executive Director for OPDS. The Office of Public Defense Services has two divisions: Contract and Business Services (CBS) and the Appellate Division (AD), formerly known as the State Public Defender.