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)

Latest News

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Congratulations to Nicki Vaughan on Georgia Appleseed Award

Congratulations to Nicki Vaughan on Georgia Appleseed Award


The State Bar of Georgia congratulates Hall County Chief Assistant Public Defender and Gainesville resident Nicki Vaughan for her leadership as chair of the Child Protection & Advocacy Section of the State Bar, which was recently recognized with a Good Apple Award from the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. 

See the full article HERE.

GPDC Hosts NAPD's First Team Mitigation Institute

GPDC Hosts NAPD's First Team Mitigation Institute


GPDC hosted the National Association for Public Defense’s first "Team Mitigation Institute," a non-capital, bring-your-own-case, small group training focused on developing the client's mitigation story. GPDC faculty members included Anna Kurien (Atlanta Circuit), Elizabeth Taxel, Valerie Lawton-Edwards, and Tonya Brown (Stone Mountain Circuit).

100 Administrative Professionals Attended GPDC's Admin Professionals Conference

100 Administrative Professionals Attended GPDC's Admin Professionals Conference


GPDC recently held it's biennial Administrative Professionals Conference in Braselton, Georgia. This conference was created to inform and empower GPDC's administrative professionals offering all attendees an opportunity to network, learn, and engage with each other, featured presenters, and GPDC staff.

See photos HERE.

GPDC Appoints Flint Judicial Circuit Public Defender Jennifer Lewis

GPDC Appoints Flint Judicial Circuit Public Defender Jennifer Lewis


The Georgia Public Defender Council (GPDC) has appointed Jennifer Lewis as Flint Circuit Public Defender effective May 1. A public defender for the past twelve years, Jen has served in the Flint Circuit since 2009 and as Chief Assistant for the last year. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Spanish from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, her Masters in Secondary Education from Queens College in Charlotte, NC, and her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.

Jen, her husband, and their children call Henry County home.

95 CPDs, Division Heads, Chief Assistants, and Emerging Leaders Attend ELM

95 CPDs, Division Heads, Chief Assistants, and Emerging Leaders Attend ELM


GPDC recently held its second annual leadership institute, ELM (Elevating Leaders and Managers) in Macon, Georgia. The ELM Institute equips participants with a better understanding of applicable state and federal legal laws impacting supervisors as well as individual leadership, communication, and management styles all with the purpose of strengthening leadership and management skills for the effective delivery of indigent criminal defense across Georgia.

Former Public Defender Vines Appointed to Council by Lt. Governor

Former Public Defender Vines Appointed to Council by Lt. Governor


Appointed to the Council in March 2019 by Lieutenant Governor Duncan, Mr. Johnny E. C. Vines has an undergraduate degree from University of Georgia and his Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Coley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. A former public defender in the Dublin and Middle Circuits, Mr. Vines currently practices law privately and contracts with GPDC representing indigent clients in cases where a conflict has been declared.

Having served in the Marine Corps from 1999 to 2003, Mr. Vines has Veteran’s Affairs Certification and is a member of both the National and Georgia Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Southern District of Georgia, and the bars of the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court. Mr. Vines was recently elected to his second term as a member of the Candler County Board of Education and is a native of Haralson County, Georgia.

“The fact that Mr. Vines has worked for GPDC as a public defender, and continues to work with our c...

Council Member Cohilas Receives Justice Benham Award

Council Member Cohilas Receives Justice Benham Award


Cohilas awarded Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service