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

 

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Contact GPDC Divisions

Central Office

270 Washington Street, #6079
Atlanta, GA 30334
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

270 Washington Street SW, #5198
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 739-5151

Office of the Capital Defender

270 Washington Street SW, #5198
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 739-5151

Office of the Mental Health Advocate

270 Washington Street, #5198
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404)795-2440

State Level Services

270 Washington Street, #5198
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 795-2440

Grants Division

270 Washington Street, #6079
Atlanta, GA 30334
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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Atlanta CPD Appointed; Takes Office in August

Atlanta CPD Appointed; Takes Office in August


GPDC is proud to announce that Mr. Maurice Kenner has been selected to serve as the Circuit Public Defender for the Atlanta Judicial Circuit. 

Mr. Kenner has been with the agency since 2010, when he joined the Atlanta Circuit Office as an APD. He was responsible for establishing and launching the Stone Mountain Circuit Conflict Defender Office in his role as Circuit Conflict Defender and later joined the Central Office in 2020 as GPDC’s Deputy Director for State Level Services. Before his tenure as a PD, he maintained a private practice and served as the Solicitor General for the City of Decatur’s Municipal Court.

Please join GPDC in congratulating Mr. Kenner on his selection. 

CPD Appointed for Columbia Judicial Circuit

CPD Appointed for Columbia Judicial Circuit


GPDC is proud to announce that Mr. Mack Taylor has been selected to serve as the Circuit Public Defender for the Columbia Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Taylor is a thoroughly skilled attorney, earning his J.D. from Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law in 2005 and his bachelor's from Augusta State University. He has served as an assistant solicitor general, an assistant district attorney, an assistant public defender, an appellate attorney, an attorney for parents in DFCS proceedings, and a private practitioner. He possesses the extensive legal experience, administrative background, and deep knowledge of the Columbia Circuit necessary to excel in this new role.

GPDC looks forward to all that Mr. Taylor will accomplish on behalf of the Columbia Circuit and its indigent defendants during his four-year term. Please join us in congratulating him on his appointment and welcoming him to GPDC.

Public Defenders Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines

Public Defenders Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines


DPH has announced that Public Defenders, and others, will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines beginning on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021. 

On March 17, 2021, courthouse staff will be eligible. Courthouse staff are defined as: court administrative staff, judicial agency staff, court clerks and staff, court interpreters, court reporters, court food and service workers, court staff, courthouse janitorial staff, judges and justices, prosecutors and public defenders, and court-appointed conflict attorneys.

The following links can be used to schedule a vaccination appointment:

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Tool

DPH Find a Vaccination Site Tool

Georgia: My Vaccine - Mass Vaccination Site Appointments

GPDC Appoints Enotah Circuit Public Defender

GPDC Appoints Enotah Circuit Public Defender


GPDC is proud to announce the appointment of Penny Hunter as the Circuit Public Defender for the Enotah Judicial Circuit covering Lumpkin, Towns, Union, and White counties.

Ms. Hunter has extensive experiencing working in the Enotah Circuit, having first served as an Assistant Public Defender in 2013. More recently, she has been the office's Chief Assistant Public Defender since September, 2019. Ms. Hunter is a graduate of the Appalachian School of Law and North Georgia College & State University. 

We look forward to all that Ms. Hunter will accomplish on behalf of the Enotah Circuit and its indigent defendants during her four-year term. 

Summer 2020 Circuit Public Defender Appointments

Summer 2020 Circuit Public Defender Appointments


GPDC is proud to announce the appointment of two new Circuit Public Defenders. Mr. Jad B. Johnson has been selected to serve as the CPD for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit and Ms. Amanda Grantham has been selected to serve as the CPD for the Northern Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Johnson has been serving as Lookout Mountain’s interim CPD since the retirement of former CPD David Dunn. He possesses extensive experience in the Lookout Mountain Circuit, having served there in various roles since 2005, most recently as the Chief Assistant Public Defender. He has taught at the state-wide public defender training, graduated from the National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute, and has argued before the Supreme Court of Georgia. His as CPD will begin on July 16, 2020.

Ms. Grantham has most recently served as the agency’s Chief Legal Officer. She has also served as a Senior Assistant Public Defender in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit and as an Assistant Public Defender in the August Judicial Circuit. Ms. Grantham has 13 years of experiencing serving as a defender. Her term as CPD will begin on August 1, 2020.

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New Georgia Capital Defender Appointments

New Georgia Capital Defender Appointments


GPDC is proud to announce two new appointments in the Office of the Capital Defender.

Ms. Jerilyn Bell has been appointed as the Interim Capital Defender and will begin serving in this role on August 1, 2020. Mr. Christian Lamar has been appointed as the Deputy Director of Litigation for the Georgia Capital Defender. Mr. Lamar will begin serving in this role on July 1, 2020. Both Ms. Bell and Mr. Lamar will be working closely with Capital Defender Jerry Word in preparation for his retirement.

GPDC sincerely appreciates Ms. Bell and Mr. Lamar’s willingness to assist the agency and assume new responsibilities during the transitionary period. They bring a wealth of experience to their new roles and we look forward to all that they will accomplish on behalf of clients and the citizens of Georgia.