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The Justice Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon Department of Justice. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Justice Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon Department of Justice. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Office of Attorney General was created by the state Legislature in 1891. The Department of Justice was later established by the Legislature in 1947, and is the equivalent of the state’s law firm. With nine divisions and approximately 1,300 employees, the agency is headquartered in Salem and has nine legal and 12 child support offices throughout the state. The department, which is led by the attorney general, is dedicated to the ethical and independent legal representation of state government—including all elected and appointed officials, agencies, boards and commissions. The department also advocates for and protects all Oregonians, especially the most vulnerable such as children and seniors. In all, the department and the attorney general have responsibility and authority under more than 350 state statutes.

The mission of the department is to serve state government and support safe and healthy communities throughout Oregon by providing essential justice services. The attorney general and the nine divisions are dedicated to providing ethical, independent and high quality legal services to state government; safeguarding consumers from fraud and unfair business practices; fighting crime and helping crime victims; advocating for vulnerable children; supporting families through the collection of child support; enforcing environmental protections; defending the civil rights of all Oregonians; and pursuing justice and upholding the rule of law.


Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 1162 Court St. NE, Salem 97301-4096
Telephone: 503-378-6002
Fax: 503-378-4017
Contact: Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Carol Riches
Records Officer Email: Archana Thapa-Sherpa
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 180
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog