We are eager to help all Oregonians understand the legal system and get legal help when they need it. Please understand that Oregon law prohibits the Attorney General and employees of the Department of Justice from providing legal advice to private individuals (ORS 180.060). However there are organizations that help direct private citizens to a legal professional who can.
If you are seeking legal counsel the Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Service may be able to help match you with an appropriate legal representative. For more information please call toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-7636.
OregonLawHelp.org is also a great resource to better understand your rights, and help you locate low-cost legal assistance.
Learn more about the law:
- United States Constitution – lays foundation for the existence of the United States of America and the legal authority of the federal government.
- Oregon Constitution - the governing document of the state of Oregon effective upon statehood on February 14, 1859.
- Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings - hears the contested cases of almost 70 agencies, including unemployment insurance, motor vehicle licensing, social services, licensing boards and commissions, forestry, environmental quality, agriculture, child support, and many others. This represents more than 90 percent of all state contested case orders issued in Oregon.
- Oregon Revised Statutes - is the codified body of statutory law governing the state of Oregon, as enacted by the Oregon Legislative Assembly, and occasionally by citizen initiative. The statutes are subordinate to the Oregon Constitution.
- Citizen's Guide to the Oregon Legislative Process – learn more about how an idea becomes a law and how to participate in the Oregon legislative process.
- Oregon Public Records and Meetings Law – more information about Oregon's open government laws.
- Measures 37 and 49 – resources including a list of significant Measure 49 decisions related and previous Measure 37 litigation.
- Oregon Registered Domestic Partners - resources for same-sex couples in Oregon and information about the Oregon Family Fairness Act (HB 2007). Report from the Inter-Agency Workgroup on HB 2007 Implementation
For Client Agencies
One of the Department of Justice's fundamental duties is to provide outstanding legal services to our state government. Every day, our lawyers strive to make government work better for Oregonians. Through its General Counsel Division, the Department of Justice advises state agencies and officials on legal issues pertaining to their responsibilities. Attorneys in this division are assigned as contact attorneys. Who is my agency's contact attorney? (pdf)
Legal Record Preparation
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Legal Training Information
Looking for public law training? The Department of Justice provides it's client agencies with a wide variety of training opportunities. This training is an efficient way to receive legal advice and information, helps you be proactive in avoiding legal problems and is an opportunity to interact with other state agencies on common legal concerns.