Appellate Advocacy Program

The Oregon DOJ’s Appellate Advocacy Program helps crime victims understand and know their rights, learn about process, find resources and gain access to ongoing legal actions.

PLEASE NOTE: Our staff cannot provide any legal advice or answer any legal questions. This includes providing information about filing for appeals process relief.

If you need legal assistance 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.

Helping Crime Victims Know Their Rights

In most criminal cases, the guilty verdict is only the beginning. Many cases continue on through layers of appeals or are revisited at parole and psychiatric review hearings.

As a victim of crime or a family member of a crime victim, you have rights in the legal proceedings after conviction and sentencing. One of them is to stay informed or involved in your case as it proceeds after conviction – if you want to be – and we have Victims’ Advocates available to help. Find a Victim Advocate near you.


Compensation Benefits for Victims in the Appeals Process

If you are a victim with a case proceeding through one of the many stages of the appeals process, there may be some additional benefits available to you:

  • Compensation for out of pocket counseling costs related to any new trauma created by these legal actions
  • Travel reimbursement when attending one of these hearings

These benefits are available within six months of each post-conviction action. Before applying, please talk to a victim advocate about eligibility.

Apply for Appeals Advocacy Compensation Benefits (PDF) »


Contact Us

If you are a victim of crime and would like to assert your rights in the appeals process, please contact the Appellate Advocacy Program at 503-378-4284 or CrimeVictimsServices@doj.state.or.us.