All data is current as of 2013, unless otherwise noted.
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How the right to counsel is administered and structured

State commission: yes
Branch of government: judicial

The Oregon Public Defense Services Commission was established in 2001 as an independent body in the judicial branch responsible for overseeing and administering the delivery of right to counsel services in each of Oregon’s counties. The Chief Justice appoints all seven members. The commission is statutorily responsible for promulgating standards regarding the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency by which public counsel services are provided.

The commission’s central Office of Public Defense Services handles the day-to-day management of the system.


How the right to counsel is funded

Percentage of state funding: 100%
Percentage of local funding: 0%
Percentage of alternative funding: 0%

The methods used to provide public counsel

Oregon is the only statewide system in the country that relies entirely on contracts to deliver public defense services. The statewide Office of Public Defense Services contracts with private not-for-profit law firms (which look and operate much like public defender agencies, with full-time attorneys and substantive support personnel on staff), smaller local law firms, individual private attorneys, and consortia of private attorneys working together.


Legal authority

Oregon Constitution, art. I, § 11

Oregon Revised Statutes, §§ 151.010 through 151.505

Source of data: original research conducted by Sixth Amendment Center staff, augmented by information included in the membership directory of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.