The mission of the Oregon Department of Justice is to provide outstanding legal and child support services to Oregonians and their government.
We are dedicated to:
- Fighting crime and protecting crime victims;
- Improving the well-being of Oregon's children;
- Protecting the environment;
- Fighting for Oregon consumers, workers, investors, and taxpayers;
- Promoting a positive business climate;
- Providing great legal services to Oregon's state government; and
- Defending the rights of all Oregonians.
The Oregon Department of Justice is responsible for general counsel and supervision of all civil actions and legal proceedings in which the state is a party or has an interest. The Department, through the Attorney General, also has full charge and control of all the state's legal business that requires the services of an attorney or legal counsel.
The Department is further responsible for the operation of a number of program areas designated by the legislature, such as child support, district attorney assistance, crime victim compensation, charitable activity enforcement and consumer protection services.
The Department has a biennial budget of approximately $280 million and a staffing authorization of approximately 1200 employees, most of whom are located in Salem.