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

Send Open Records Requests to: 

OpenRecords@gapublicdefender.org

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

External Public Resources

Georgia Judicial Gateway

http://georgiacourts.gov/

(This Portal is provided to enable Citizens and Court Professionals to access Vital Judicial Services throughout the State of Georgia and is not maintained by GPDC)

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2019 Administrative Professionals Conference is Right Around the Corner!

2019 Administrative Professionals Conference is Right Around the Corner!


The Georgia Public Defender Council is pleased to announce its 2019 Administrative Professionals Conference to be held Sunday, April 14 – Wednesday, April 17, 2019. This conference, created to inform and empower GPDC’s administrative professionals, will be a great chance for networking, learning, and engaging. Sessions will include featured presenters as well as information sessions presented by GPDC staff. We look forward to hosting our administrative professionals from across the state.

Legislative Days 12 and 13 During the 2019 Legislative Session Well Supported!

Legislative Days 12 and 13 During the 2019 Legislative Session Well Supported!


Circuit Public Defenders and the State Level Services Director join the Interim Executive Director and past Executive Director at the Capitol on Legislative Days 12 and 13 during the 2019 legislative session. 

Twenty-Four APDs Attend GPDC's Advanced Practice Workshop in Brasstown Valley

Twenty-Four APDs Attend GPDC's Advanced Practice Workshop in Brasstown Valley


Twenty-four APDs with 1 to 5 years of experience participated in GPDC’s Advanced Practice Workshop January 22-24 at Brasstown Valley. The Advanced Practice Workshop (APW) offers APDs the opportunity to develop their skills as criminal litigators beyond the mere essentials taught during TILPP. The Workshop’s format alternates between plenary sessions that focus on higher-level litigation skills and small-group sessions where participants will build and hone those skills. The APDs that participated engaged with a series of intense, interconnected legal problems developed from real-world scenarios. Attendees left the APW better equipped to identify legal issues in their clients’ cases and to litigate those issues strategically for their clients’ benefit.

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Sixty-One New Public Defenders Participated in GPDC's TILPP Part I

Sixty-One New Public Defenders Participated in GPDC's TILPP Part I


Sixty-one new public defenders participated in GPDCs TILPP Part I: Fundamentals of Public Defense July 21-24 at Brasstown Valley. The goal of GPDC’s TILPP is to provide new attorneys with the particularized skills and strategies necessary for the representation of indigent defendants in Georgia. Attendees "represented" a client in a factual case scenario and experienced the progress of the case from arrest through trial preparation. The Program was a mix of large group presentations, on a variety of topics relating to many of the fundamental skills we want our public defenders to learn, and smaller breakout groups designed to give participants more intensive practice and instruction as well as instant feedback. 

Congratulations to CPD J. Clay Culp on His Retirement

Congratulations to CPD J. Clay Culp on His Retirement


We are pleased to congratulate J. Clayton Culp on his retirement as Circuit Public Defender for the Waycross Judicial Circuit. Having previously served as a prosecutor in Fulton and Chatham Counties, and later as the contract public defender for Ware County, Clay was appointed as the first CPD for the Waycross Judicial Circuit after the passage of the Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003. He has continued to lead the office with great skill and professionalism since that time, working tirelessly as both an administrator and active trial attorney to ensure that each client received the best representation possible. He leaves the office in great shape, and we know that it will continue to provide effective and efficient service well into the future. We wish him the best in his re...