Appellate Advocacy Program

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

PLEASE NOTE: Our staff cannot provide any legal advice or answer any legal questions. This includes providing information about filing for post-conviction 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 800-452-7636.

Helping Crime Victims Know Their Rights

In most criminal cases, the guilty verdict is only the beginning. Many cases continue 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 wish to receive updates on your case, we have Victims’ Advocates available to help. For more information, contact the Appellate Advocacy Program at 503-378-4284, or

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

Before applying, please talk to a victim advocate about eligibility.

Contact Us

If you are a victim of crime and the offender has been convicted, and you have questions about the appeal process, please contact the Appellate Advocacy Program at 503-378-4284 or