Who We Are
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 nine 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 the OPDS. The Office is comprised of the Appellate Division (including the Juvenile Appellate Section), and Business Services. Business Services includes Contract & Financial Services, Human Resources, Operations, Research & Information Technology, and the General Counsel's Office.
The Business Services division is responsible for administering the public defense contracts that provide legal representation for financially eligible persons. These contracts provide trial-level representation and appellate representation on cases not handled by the Appellate Division.
The Appellate Division provides constitutionally mandated representation in the appellate courts to financially eligible persons in criminal cases, to parents in juvenile dependency cases, and to inmates appealing administrative decisions from the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.
The Office of Public Defense Service's mission is to ensure constitutionally competent and effective legal representation for persons eligible for a public defender
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.
Affirmative Action Plan
It is the policy of the Public Defense Services Commission that no person shall be discriminated against by reason of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age (if the individual is 18 years of age or older), or disability not directly and substantively related to effective performance. It is also the policy of PDSC to establish and maintain a program of affirmative action to address the effects of discrimination intended and unintended, which is indicated by analysis of present employment patterns, practices and policies.
PDSC’s Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Plan shall be followed by all PDSC staff. All personnel actions of PDSC shall be administered according to this policy. PDSC’s supervisory and management staff shall ensure that the intent as well as the stated requirements of the Plan are implemented. In addition, it is the duty of every employee of PDSC to create a job environment that is conducive to non-discrimination and free of any form of discrimination or discriminatory harassment.
This Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Plan will be posted in plain sight at all times for employees’ use and referral. Any agency or member of the public requesting a copy of the PDSC Affirmative Action Plan shall be provided one at no cost.
View the entire Non-discrimination
and Affirmative Action Plan