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 Legislature created the Office of Attorney General in 1891. The Department of Justice was later established by the Legislature in 1947 and is the equivalent of the state’s law firm. The attorney general is the chief legal officer of the state and heads the Department of Justice. With nine divisions and approximately 1,300 employees, the agency, headquartered in Salem, has nine legal and 11 child support offices throughout the state.

The attorney general controls and supervises all court actions and legal proceedings in which the state of Oregon is a party or has an interest, including all elected and appointed officials, agencies, boards and commissions. The attorney general gives opinions on any question of law in which the state or any public subdivision may have an interest when requested by the governor, by any state agency official or by any member of the Legislature. Unless expressly authorized by law, the attorney general and her assistant attorneys general may not render opinions or give legal advice to any other persons or agencies.

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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: See Contact List for Justice Department​
Records Officer Email: Archana Thapa-Sherpa
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
Agen​cy History (2007)​ - 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