Public Defense

Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Both adult and juvenile public defense in Oregon are funded by the state. The Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association assists in securing funds through legislative advocacy and public education.

Pay Parity

Read the OCDLA Board Resolution regarding pay parity.

OCDLA Pay Parity Advisory Committee

Office of Public Defense Services

The Office of Public Defense Services (OPDS), a state agency, manages the funds and provides appellate level public defense.

Trial level public defense services are provided by private lawyers and public defenders under contract with OPDS.

Public Defense Services Commission

The Public Defense Services Commission is an independent body that governs the Office of Public Defense Services. The Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court appoints the seven Commission members.

2020 Public Defense Services Commission Meetings

Always check for current meeting notices and meeting locations on the Public Defense Services Commission website.

January 23
April 16
May 21
June 11
August 20
October 23
December 17



Public Defense Payment Polices and Procedures, April 18, 2014


Humble Roots: Chronicling the State Public Defender’s Office by Marc Brown


ABA — Eight Guidelines of Public Defense Related to Excessive Workload

Is This Equal Justice? 2003 Supplement Report by Kristine Constans, Human Resources Manager, Metropolitan Public Defenders Office

September 2003 Report to the Public Defense Services Commission — Recommendations to Improve Oregon’s Public Defense Contracting System, prepared by Peter Ozanne and Geoff Guilfoy

May 2002 Operational Review of Oregon’s Public Defense System

Report of the House Judiciary Committee on the Management of Extraordinary Expenses in the Indigent Defense System

Significant Documents and Events in the Indigent Defense Fiscal Crisis, presented by Paul Levy, June 19, Annual Conference 2003


PDSC Revised Drug Court Guidelines


Model Public Defense Legal Services Contract

Out-of-State Subpoena Process

Out-of-State Subpoena Checklist

Notice to All Public Defense Providers Regarding Electronic Deposit


Judge Hogan’s Opinion in Shepard v. Bearden, issued Friday, May 16, just hours after argument and minutes after the close of business

Shepard v. Bearden, April 7, 2003—Complaint for Declatory Relief

Indigent Defense Budget Reduction Plan: Fact Sheet

Senate Bill 145 (2001 legislation creating The Public Defense Commission)

Indigent Defense Standards and Guidelines for Various States, Including Oregon

2003 Fiscal Crisis Documents. Log-in to the OCDLA Legal Document Library to access documents used for filing constutitutional challenges arising from Oregon’s fiscal crisis in public defense. Choose the 2003 Fiscal Crisis category.