Oregon Appellate Court Opinions
The Oregon Court of Appeals usually issues its decisions
weekly on Wednesday mornings. The Oregon Supreme Court
usually issues its decisions on Thursday mornings.
Both courts publish their opinions online as soon as they
are released, usually at 8:00 a.m. The Supreme Court
will publish a notice of forthcoming opinions one day before
its decisions are issued. Each court also publishes a
Media Release summarizing the decisions it is releasing that
day. The Media Release is often available a few
minutes earlier than the day's opinions, so it may be
possible to find out the result of a new case before the
opinion is actually issued. If you are waiting for a
result in an Oregon Appeal, checking in on this website each
week will be the fastest way to find out the result
The Oregon Supreme Court is the highest court in Oregon and
has the final word on legal issues of state law. The
Oregon Supreme Court has seven justices, led by Chief
Justice Thomas A. Balmer.
States Supreme Court
The US Supreme Court is the highest court in the
United States and has the final word on legal issues involving
federal law. This site has information about the court, its
schedule, its decisions and the nine justices who decide the
most important cases in the country.
Willamette Law Online provides up-to-date
summaries of the decisions issued by Oregon's appellate courts, the
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Oregon Board of
Parole and Post-Prison Supervision
The Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision is
responsible for supervising people who have been convicted
of felonies, sentenced to a prison term and then released
from custody. For most felony cases after 1989, the
sentencing judge decides the length of the prison term and
the supervision term that follows it, using the felony
sentencing guidelines. For older cases, and some
current cases, the Board has the authority to decide if and
when an inmate will be released. This website explains
the Board's functions and has all of the Board's current and
past administrative rules.
Oregon Department of Corrections
The Oregon Department of Corrections operates a system of 14
prisons throughout the state. This website explains
DOC operations, describes what prison life is like including
the administrative rules related to the prison system, has
information about career and volunteer opportunities, and
has contact and mailing information.
Defense Lawyers Association
OCDLA is an association of lawyers dedicated to providing
the best available defense to persons facing criminal
charges in Oregon. OCDLA is renowned for providing
some of the best continuing legal education programs in the
country for defense attorneys. This website can help
you find a defense attorney in any locale in Oregon and can
help you find a defense attorney whose practice emphasizes a
specific area of criminal defense.
Oregon Public Defense Services
The Appellate Division of OPDS (formerly known as
the State Public Defender) provides legal counsel for eligible
individuals in criminal appeals, appeals in juvenile dependency
cases, and appeals from orders issued by the Board of Parole and
Post-Prison Supervision. If you cannot afford to hire an
attorney for an appeal in one of these types of cases, contact OPDS.
Oregon State Bar
The Oregon State Bar is the regulatory agency for
the practice of law in Oregon. OSB's website has information
about admission to the practice of law in Oregon, ethics opinions,
continuing legal education, a lawyer referral service and much more.