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

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Caryn Lobdell Appointed Toombs CPD

Caryn Lobdell Appointed Toombs CPD


Please join us in congratulating Caryn Lobdell as the newly appointed CPD of the Toombs Judicial Circuit effective November 2018. Caryn served as the Chief Assistant to former CPD Chip Wallace and has most recently been in the role of Interim Circuit Public Defender. With this appointment, we are confident that her public defense experience and leadership will serve the clients, her staff, and the Toombs Judicial Circuit well.

Deputy Public Defender Luana Walsh Visits Armenia

Deputy Public Defender Luana Walsh Visits Armenia


Deputy Public Defender Luana Walsh of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit Public Defender was invited to the Republic of Armenia by the American Councils Professional Fellows Program and the U.S. State Department to present on the topic of “Restorative Justice Models In U.S. Courts,” with a focus on accountability treatment courts including drug court, behavioral health, veterans court, and DUI.  In October, she presented to the Ministry of Justice (for the Deputy Minister and his staff), The Academy of Justices, (for judges who handle criminal cases), the Office of the Human Rights Defender, the Office of the Public Defender, the Chamber of Advocates, (the equivalent of a Bar association),  the Probation Department, and the American University of Armenia. 

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Despite Mother Nature, the 2018 Investigators Conference Prevailed!

Despite Mother Nature, the 2018 Investigators Conference Prevailed!


 Although Hurricane Michael caused the 2018 GPDC Investigator Conference to be relocated last minute, it was still a big success! The conference was held October 14-16 at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris. Investigators participated in sessions designed to enhance their unique skills including: investigating the state’s investigation, cell phone forensics, safety in the field, social media investigations, compassion fatigue and others all while building a community with their colleagues from circuits around the state.  

90 Defenders Attend GPDC’s Legal Alchemy: The Art and Skill of Brief Writing

90 Defenders Attend GPDC’s Legal Alchemy: The Art and Skill of Brief Writing


 Ninety public defenders, conflict defenders, and contract defenders participated in GPDC’s Legal Alchemy: The Art and Skill of Brief Writing Seminar September 24-25 in Atlanta, Tifton, and Savannah. The seminar provided attendees with an intensive training on issues such as brainstorming, drafting, ineffective assistance of counsel, storytelling, and oral advocacy through lectures and breakout sessions. Faculty included attorneys from GPDC’s Appellate Division and outstanding appellate attorneys from around the state.  

Clint Hooker Appointed Appalachian CPD

Clint Hooker Appointed Appalachian CPD


 Please join us in congratulating Clint Hooker as the newly appointed CPD of the Appalachian Circuit. Prior to Michael Parham's retirement, Clint served as the Chief Assistant and has been with GPDC since its inception in 2005. We are confident that his experience and leadership with serve the clients and the circuit well.