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Public Defense Providers Information

 Important Updates

  • A/P Closures: The Accounts Payable department was closed from the afternoon of Thursday, February 11, through Tuesday, February 16, due to building closures and power outages. Staff are back in the office today, February 17, and are working hard to get caught up. We thank you for your patience.

  • Building Closed to Public: Due to vandalism at the Commercial Street office, the building's public entrance is now locked. Anything you wish to be delivered to OPDS Contracts & Business Services, including to the Accounts Payable department, should be mailed to 198 Commercial Street SE, Suite # 205, Salem OR 97301. (11/23/2020)

  • OPDS Newsletter: Join our mailing list here or view an archive of published newsletters.

  • Form 1099 Year End Tax Report Reminder: This is a friendly reminder that 1099 forms will be distributed to vendors by the Department of Administrative Services ( DAS) at the end of January 2021. It is important to keep your contact information (mailing address and phone number) updated with OPDS so you receive it. (11/12/2020)

           If your address has changed since last year, please ensure your current address is on file by sending an email with the 
           subject line "Contact Information Update" to Be sure to include your full current mailing
           address and contact information in the email.

Accounts Payable Update:

Entering Bills Received - 1/21/2021

Reviewing Bills Received - 1/15/2021

      Please note that once payments are released, you will receive them between 2-3 business days for direct deposit, 
or 3-5 business days for paper checks, depending upon USPS.

 Business & Financial Services Overview

The Business & Financial Services Division of the Office of Public Defense Services provides effective and efficient delivery of public defense within the state court system:
  • Establishing, revising, and monitoring compliance with policies and procedures regarding the qualification and payment of public defense providers and the operation of the indigence verification program.
  • Negotiating and monitoring public defense services contracts for both attorney and non-attorney providers.
  • Serving as a resource for the Public Defense Services Commission, public defense providers, trial and appellate courts, the legislative assembly, and other state and local agencies involved in the criminal and juvenile justice system.
  • Performing research and providing consultation and guidance on public defense related legal and budgetary issues.
Business & Financial Services, including Contracts and Accounts Payable, has a new address: 

          Office of Public Defense Services
          Business Services
          198 Commercial Street SE, Suite # 205
          Salem, OR 97301

Please update your records. Mail not addressed to the new address may take an additional day or two to arrive.

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 Contact Information 

Business Services

198 Commercial Street SE, Suite # 205
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503.378.2478

Karla Bethell
Accounts Payable Manager
 Phone: 503.967.0747

Requests for preauthorization of non-routine expenses may be faxed to 503.378.4463 or emailed to

Billings may be faxed to 503.378.4463 or emailed to


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