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Office of Public Defense Services

Our Mission:

The Commission ensures that eligible individuals have timely access to legal services, consistent with Oregon and national standards of justice.


The Public Defense Services Commission (PDSC) will maintain a sustainable statewide public defense system that provides quality representation to eligible clients in trial and appellate court proceedings. To that end, the PDSC is a

  • guardian of the legal rights and interests of public defense clients and the public's interest in equal justice and due process of law.
  • champion for the effective delivery of public defense services and administration of justice, and for funding that ensure the continuing availability of competent and dedicated public defense counsel.
  • responsive and cooperative policy maker in the state's justice system.
  • responsible steward of taxpayer dollars devoted to public defense.