Chief Justice Thomas Balmer of the Oregon Supreme Court has asked Nancy Cozine (Executive Director of the Office of Public Defense Services) and Michael Livingston (Juvenile Law Staff Counsel, Oregon Judicial Department) to convene a Task Force to develop uniform, legally sound, and administratively efficient processes for the appointment of counsel in juvenile delinquency cases and to report the recommendations of the Task Force to the Chief Justice. The Task Force will consist of 12 members and will meet six times before the end of 2013.

In order for the Task Force to begin its work, the members must have an accurate picture of the relevant practices in each county. Accordingly, we are asking judges, juvenile court referees, TCA’s, DA’s, juvenile department directors, and defense attorneys in every judicial district to complete the following survey by not later than January 15, 2013.

Thank you for your assistance.