Providing zealous, effective, ethical representation

to indigent people accused of crimes.





General Training Resources 

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Juvenile Resources

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Training for New Attorneys


NACDL Scholarship Program available to Public Defenders

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) has announced a new program of scholarship assistance for indigent defense providers. The scholarships will be awarded in the form of full or partial reimbursement of the registration costs for the training programs offered by NACDL and other national organizations. Limited travel reimbursement stipends may also be awarded to qualifying individuals to help defray the costs of travel and lodging.

More information about the scholarships, including detailed eligibility criteria, is available on the application forms. The scholarship application for NACDL training programs is available here ( The Multi-Organizational Indigent Defense Training Scholarship Application is available here ( Answers to FAQs are available here (

Application Deadlines: Scholarship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with review of applications for a particular program beginning approximately three months prior to the start date of the program. Although there is no formal application deadline, applications should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the start date of a program for the best chance of receiving travel awards.

Appeals 101                     

  • March 26, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Atlanta State Bar Building, Broadcast to Tifton State Bar Office, Livestream webinar
  • Includes one Professionalism CLE credit
  • Click here to register.


Case Law Update Webinar                     

  • April 6, 2018
  • 12:00 PM
  • Livestream webinar
  • Click here to register.


Mental Health Seminar                     

  • New Date: April 10, 2018
  • Atlanta State Bar Building, Broadcast to Savannah and Tifton State Bar Offices
  • Click here to register.


Medical Records for Public Defenders                      

  • April 23, 2018
  • Augusta Circuit Public Defender Office


Georgia Capital Defender: Fighting the Death Penalty One Client at a Time

  • May 21 - 23, 2018
  • DeSoto Hotel, Savannah, GA
  • For attorneys with active death penalties only
  • Click here to register.                      


GPDC Public Defender Annual Conference                     

  • July 23-25, 2018  
  • Savannah
  • Click here to register.


TILPP Part II: Trial Skills                     

  • July 25-28, 2018
  • Savannah


Advanced Practice Workshop

  • July 25 - 28, 2018
  • Savannah


Appellate Writing Seminar

  • September 24 & 25, 2018
  • Atlanta State Bar Building, Broadcast to Savannah and Tifton State Bar Offices


Investigator Conference

  • October 14 - 16, 2018
  • Lake Blackshear, Cordele 

GPDC is committed to creating and maintaining the best public defender system in the United States.  Consistent with this commitment is the vision to ensure that Georgia’s public defenders are the best trained advocates for indigent defendants in the country.  GPDC is actively working to enhance its training program to meet two specific goals:

  1. attract the highest quality applicants to the Georgia public defender system, and
  2. create a population of lawyers who will exemplify the values and standards we set for our public defender system.

GPDC offers a variety of training opportunities throughout the year for our public defenders, and is open on a space-available basis to other members of the legal community. Newly licensed public defenders participate in an initial, two-phase intensive training designed to introduce the public defender to the fundamentals of pre-trial practice and trial skills. Our programs for experienced attorneys cover the gamut of current legal practice that our public defenders need such as updates on forensic science, juvenile delinquency, appellate practice and DUI. In addition to onsite trainings, GPDC offers several webinars throughout the year to ensure that public defenders can access to quality training notwithstanding their busy schedules. Information about upcoming programs can be found on the Upcoming Training page.