Oregon Department of Justice

Present Duties

Justice Building
The Justice Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon Department of Justice. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The Office of Attorney General was created by the 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 Website

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; Frederick M. Boss, Deputy Attorney General
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Angie Emmert 
Records Officer Email: Archana Thapa-Sherpa
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

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

Records, Publications and General Information

Biography - a brief sketch about the attorney general's background and role
Agency History - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Administrative correspondence: Dave Frohnmayer
Dates: 1981-1985
Cubic Ft.: 7
Title: Administrative files: Dave Frohnmayer
Dates: 1981-1991
Cubic Ft.: 2.5
Title: Administrative Files: Robert Y. Thornton
Dates: ca. 1950-1969
Cubic Ft.: 8
Title: Amicus curiœ case files
Dates: 1980-1989
Cubic Ft.: 4
Title: Anti-trust case files
Dates: ca. 1965-1983
Cubic Ft.: 34
Title: Ballot title requests
Dates: 1908-1938
Cubic Ft.: 2
Title: Biennial reports
Dates: 1915-1920
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Case files
Dates: 1904-1956
Cubic Ft.: 8
Title: Case files, Oregon courts
Dates: 1904-1955
Cubic Ft.: 1.6
Title: Correspondence files
Dates: 1895-1955
Cubic Ft.: 62
Title: Correspondence files: Dave Frohnmayer
Dates: 1981-1987
Cubic Ft.: 7
Title: Correspondence files: James A. Redden
Dates: 1977-1980
Cubic Ft.: 3
Title: Correspondence files: James. M. Brown
Dates: 1980
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Correspondence re: State Aid to Indian Children
Dates: 1940
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Dockets
Dates: 1902-1920
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Governor's Special Commission Against Violent Crimes
Dates: 1982-1986
Cubic Ft.: 1.5
Title: Indictments
Dates: 1915-1946
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Influenza ordinance, Tillamook City
Dates: 1919
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Legislative records
Dates: ca. 1920-1961
Cubic Ft.: 3.2
Title: National Association of Attorneys General files
Dates: 1961-1969
Cubic Ft.: 3
Title: Opinions: Attorney General
Dates: 1891-1968
Cubic Ft.: 39
Volumes: 15
Title: Opinions: Informal
Dates: 1919-1938
Cubic Ft.: 1.5
Title: Penk v. State System of Higher Education files
Dates: 1984-1985
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Photographs
Dates: 1915-1959
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Press releases: Dave Frohnmayer
Dates: 1980-1988
Cubic Ft.: 2
Title: Rajneeshpuram case files
Dates: 1981-1989
Cubic Ft.: 31
Title: Speeches
Dates: ca. 1935-1947
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Speeches: Dave Frohnmayer
Dates: 1981-1991
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Vice investigation files, Multnomah County
Dates: ca. 1951-1960
Cubic Ft.: 21