The 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 seven 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 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