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

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

Latest News

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Claudia Saari Receives ACS Legal Legend Award

Claudia Saari Receives ACS Legal Legend Award


November 16, 2016 - Congratulations to our own Claudia Saari, Stone Mountain Circuit Public Defender, who received the Legal Legend award from the American Constitution Society. Every year, the members of the Executive Committee of the Georgia Lawyer Chapter select honorees that embody the spirit of ACS through their professional work. Pictured below is event co-chair Katherine Dunn, Jeff Brickman, Claudia Saari, Emmet Bondurant, event co-chair Matthew Weis, and Mike Caplan.

Getting the Word Out at GSU: Careers in Georgia Public Defense

Getting the Word Out at GSU: Careers in Georgia Public Defense


November 10, 2016 - GPDC representatives attended Georgia State University’s first Government & Nonprofit Career Fair to talk to candidates interested in internships, fellowships, and careers as public defenders. (Pictured upper right, Shirley Roberts, Training Division Fellow.)

GPDC Investigator Conference

GPDC Investigator Conference


Save the Date: January 18-20, 2017

Science or Voodoo? Forensic Evidence in the State's Case

Venue: Hilton DeSoto, Savannah

Registration: Details will be forthcoming

National Juvenile Defender Leadership celebrates Gault@50

National Juvenile Defender Leadership celebrates Gault@50


October 29, 2016 – Many from GPDC were in attendance when the National Juvenile Defender Leadership celebrated Gault@50 and honored Georgia Juvenile Defender Randee Waldman of the Barton Clinic at Emory University School of Law.

Elaine McGruder awarded Atlanta Bar Association’s 2016 Public Service Award

Elaine McGruder awarded Atlanta Bar Association’s 2016 Public Service Award


October 21, 2016 - Pictured: Jim Stokes, Conflicts Division Director, Elaine McGruder, Director Fulton County Public Defender/State & Magistrate, and Bryan Tyson, Executive Director.