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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Two Investigators Earn Augusta County Certifications

Two Investigators Earn Augusta County Certifications


Both Chief Investigaor Mark Phillips and Investigator Leo Vigil of the Augusta Circuit are pictured during their graduation from Augusta Richmond County's First Line Manager Class. The objective of the class is to enhance the leadership skills of first line managers/supervisors in order to provide them with an organizational perspective and an opportunity to explore topics that are relevant to their future and the success of Augusta government. Congratulations to Mark and Leo!

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.

Claudia Saari Receives ACS Legal Legend Award

Claudia Saari Receives ACS Legal Legend Award


November 16, 2016 - Congratulations to our own Claudia Saari, Stone Mountain Circuit Public Defender, who received the Legal Legend award from the American Constitution Society. Every year, the members of the Executive Committee of the Georgia Lawyer Chapter select honorees that embody the spirit of ACS through their professional work. Pictured below is event co-chair Katherine Dunn, Jeff Brickman, Claudia Saari, Emmet Bondurant, event co-chair Matthew Weis, and Mike Caplan.

Getting the Word Out at GSU: Careers in Georgia Public Defense

Getting the Word Out at GSU: Careers in Georgia Public Defense


November 10, 2016 - GPDC representatives attended Georgia State University’s first Government & Nonprofit Career Fair to talk to candidates interested in internships, fellowships, and careers as public defenders. (Pictured upper right, Shirley Roberts, Training Division Fellow.)

National Juvenile Defender Leadership celebrates Gault@50

National Juvenile Defender Leadership celebrates Gault@50


October 29, 2016 – Many from GPDC were in attendance when the National Juvenile Defender Leadership celebrated Gault@50 and honored Georgia Juvenile Defender Randee Waldman of the Barton Clinic at Emory University School of Law.