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

Send Requests for Employment Verification to:

hr-request@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)

Latest News

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GPDC Update on Operations During COVID-19 Outbreak

GPDC Update on Operations During COVID-19 Outbreak


GPDC is committed to the health and safety of our staff, our clients, and those around us. As our communities face the current public health crisis, our public defenders continue to advocate for our clients and justice across Georgia. In line with the Georgia Supreme Court's Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency, most local courts have modified their schedules. Emergency judicial orders from across the state submitted to the Administrative Office of the Courts can be found at https://georgiacourts.gov/emergency-judicial-orders/. Questions about local courts should be addressed to your local court administrator. Questions about pending criminal matters handled by our public defenders should be addressed to your local public defender office or appointed conflict attorneys. Contact information for all circuit public defender offices can be obtained by clicking on the Contact link at the top of this website (gapubdef.org).

GPDC Investigator Brandon Cannon Named Whitfield County Employee of the Month!

GPDC Investigator Brandon Cannon Named Whitfield County Employee of the Month!


Conasauga Circuit's Chief Investigator, Brandon Cannon, was named Whitfield County Employee of the Month. Brandon has been with GPDC since 2012. He is described by his Circuit Public Defender, Natalie Glaser, as an inspirational person who goes above and beyond investigating serious cases and in his own professional development, seeking numerous trainings and certifications on his own. We are grateful to have him serving our clients. 

Read the full story HERE.

Save the Date: "In the Trenches" Summer Seminar, July 13-15, 2020

Save the Date: "In the Trenches" Summer Seminar, July 13-15, 2020


We are excited to announce that our friends at the University of Georgia School of Law have partnered with us to host a three-day seminar in Athens this summer. This program is designed to provide our mid-level APDs (two or more years of experience) with advanced practices for working in the trenches as they defend our most vulnerable citizens. Registration will be limited. Additional information and the link to register will be forthcoming.

60 New Public Defenders Attend TILPP: Part I at Callaway Gardens

60 New Public Defenders Attend TILPP: Part I at Callaway Gardens


Sixty new public defenders participated in GPDC's TILPP Part I: Fundamentals of Public Defense January 20 - 23 at Callaway Gardens. 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. Faculty consisted of outstanding public defenders from across the state.