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Important Information about Furloughs - 2012 OPDS Office Closure dates

The current recession has reduced state revenues, and has forced the Legislature to make deep cuts in agency budgets. Coping with these cuts requires closing state offices. State workers affected by the closures will take unpaid furloughs on those days. We apologize for any inconvenience these closures might cause, and we look forward to restoration of a full work schedule for all state agencies when the economy improves. 

Please note the following furlough days for 2012:

Friday, March 23, 2012     Friday, May 25, 2012     Friday, Aug. 17, 2012     Friday, Oct. 19, 2012     Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

PDSC Budget Update - March 8 2012

Contract and Business Services

The Contract & Business Services Division (CBS) is a sixteen-member team of the Office of Public Defense Services (OPDS). CBS’s purpose is to provide the most effective and efficient delivery of public defense within the state court system. CBS effects this purpose through four primary functions:

  • assists the OPDS in establishing, revising, and monitoring compliance with statewide public defense policies and procedures for the payment of and qualifications of public defense providers and the operation of the indigence verification program;  
  • negotiates and monitors public defense services contracts for both attorney and non-attorney providers;
  • serves as a resource for the Public Defense Services Commission (PDSC), public defense providers, trial and appellate courts, other state and local agencies involved in the criminal and juvenile justice system, and the legislative assembly; and
  • performs research and provides consultation on public defense-related legal and budgetary issues.

Contact Information

Contract & Business Services
1175 Court Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: (503) 378-2478

Kathryn Aylward
Division Director
(503) 378-2481

Lorrie Railey
Business Services Manager
(503) 378-2509

Laura Kepford
Operations Manager
(503) 378-2516

Requests for preauthorization of non-routine expenses may be faxed to (503) 378-4462 or emailed to

Billings that do not include receipts may be faxed to (503) 378-4463 or emailed to