Providing zealous, effective, ethical representation

to indigent people accused of crimes.

 

 

 

 

Our Mission

The Georgia Public Defender Council is an independent agency within the executive branch of the state government of Georgia. Our mission is to ensure, independently of political considerations or private interests, that each client whose cause has been entrusted to a circuit public defender receives zealous, adequate, effective, timely, and ethical legal representation, consistent with the guarantees of the Constitution of the State of Georgia, the Constitution of the United States and the mandates of the Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003; to provide all such legal services in a cost efficient manner; and to conduct that representation in such a way that the criminal justice system operates effectively to achieve justice.

[Reference: O.C.G.A. § 17-12-1 (c), Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003]

Defending Everyone's Rights One Person at a Time

 

Contact Divisions

Central Office

104 Marietta St NW #400
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 795-2440
Toll Free: (800) 676-4432

Appellate Division

104 Marietta St NW #600
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 739-5151

Office of the Capital Defender

104 Marietta St NW #600
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 739-5151

Office of the Mental Health Advocate

104 Marietta St NW #200
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404)795-2440

State Level Services

104 Marietta St NW #200
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 795-2440

Grants Division

104 Marietta St NW #400
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 795-2504

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Georgia State Capstone Email Project Completed

Georgia State Capstone Email Project Completed


Georgia State University students Sidney Smith, Kwamae McPherson, and Joshua Roberts celebrate the completion of their Capstone Email Database project for GPDC along with Mark Richmond, Bryan Tyson, Jimmonique Rodgers, and Helen Tate.

Georgia State Capstone Database Project Completed

Georgia State Capstone Database Project Completed


Georgia State University students Trent Russell, Winson J. Mahathre,and Antonio Jones celebrate the completion of their Capstone Contract Database project for GPDC with Bryan Tyson, Terry Raiford, Jason Ring, Helen Tate, and Jimmonique Rodgers.

Public Defender Conference Registration Now Open!

Public Defender Conference Registration Now Open!


The Georgia Public Defender Council is pleased to announce its 2017 Public Defender Conference, to be held July 24 – 26, 2017, at the Hilton DeSoto, in Savannah.

This year’s conference will consist of separate tracks for CPDs and division heads, juvenile defenders, and two tracks for mid-level practitioners. Sessions will focus on forensic science issues, handling experts, mastering trial technique and more. Registration for this conference is open to all state and county public defenders working for GPDC. Click here for more information and to register.

Natalie Glaser Appointed Conasauga CPD

Natalie Glaser Appointed Conasauga CPD


Natalie began work on January 4, following the return of Mike McCarthy to private practice. Natalie has a long history with our agency. After interning in the Western Circuit, Natalie worked part-time at the GPDC Central Office. Since July 2011, she has been an APD in the Dublin Circuit Public Defender Office, serving as the Chief Litigator for Laurens County since 2013.  We are happy to have her as our newest CPD, bringing with her a successful history at GPDC, experience in criminal defense, and a proven commitment to the agency and our clients.

Ga. Public Defenders Follow the Tradition of John Adams

Ga. Public Defenders Follow the Tradition of John Adams


“When we think of John Adams, we think of an influential Founder and the second President of the United States. But in 1770, he was a 35-year-old lawyer and had never run for public office. Incredibly, Adams agreed to take on the defense of the soldiers. He didn’t just defend them— he zealously represented them. Not one of the soldiers was convicted of murder. Six were acquitted and two were found guilty of lesser charges.” – Bryan Tyson, Executive Director GPDC

See full article in Insider Advantage here.