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)

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Council Member Cohilas Receives Justice Benham Award

Council Member Cohilas Receives Justice Benham Award


Cohilas awarded Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service

Litigating Expert Testimony in Georgia Brings Presenters from Across Country

Litigating Expert Testimony in Georgia Brings Presenters from Across Country


In a joint venture with the National Criminal Defense College, the Innocence Project, and the Southern Center for Human Rights, GPDC presented Litigating Expert Testimony in Georgia: Making Harper Motions and Cross Examining Expert Witnesses March 8-9, 2019. The program featured a keynote address by Barry Scheck, a case study from the Aaron Hernandez case with renowned attorney Linda Kenney Baden, and GPDC trainers Colin Bellair, Brett Willis, Jerilyn Bell, Amber Pittman, and Claudia Saari.

GPDC's Forensic Resource Counsel Presents DNA Training at KSU

GPDC's Forensic Resource Counsel Presents DNA Training at KSU


The Georgia Public Defender Council's Forensic Resource Counsel, Colin Bellair, presented at ICLE's 26th Annual Criminal Practice Seminar at Kennesaw State University on February 22, 2019. His presentation was titled Forensic DNA Profiling: Implications for the Future. It included foundational DNA principles, as well as a beginner section on how to interpret DNA results. He will be developing this presentation into a training module to present at circuit offices in the future.  

Thank You for the 15 Years of Committed Service Verlencia Haynes!

Thank You for the 15 Years of Committed Service Verlencia Haynes!


On March 6, 2019, members of the Central Administrative Office gathered to celebrate the almost 15 years of committed service that JCATS Manager, Verlencia Haynes has provided GPDC and bid her well wishes as she prepares to begin a new adventure outside the agency. Since joining the agency in 2004, Verlencia has played a critical role in the development and success of the JCATS implementation as well as the overall organization. We wish her well in her new endeavors.

GPDC's Own Cheryl Milton Named a Daily Point of Light Award Recipient

GPDC's Own Cheryl Milton Named a Daily Point of Light Award Recipient


Cheryl Milton, Chief of the Mental Health Division for the Public Defender’s Office in Macon, has been named a Daily Point of Light Award Recipient by the Point of Light Foundation. In 1989, the late President George H.W. Bush established the Daily Point of Light Award during his presidency and today more than 6,400 “points of light” have been recognized. The Daily Point of Light Award is given out each weekday by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Read about recent honorees here. This national honor falls on the hills of Cheryl Milton being named an area winner for the Justice Robert Benham Award last year. Please join us in congratulating Cheryl.

David Winheim Appointed Southwestern CPD

David Winheim Appointed Southwestern CPD


Please join us in congratulating David Winheim as the new Circuit Public Defender for the Southwestern Judicial Circuit. David is currently interim Circuit Public Defender. David has been a Georgia Public Defender since 2008. We look forward to him building on his prior experience and leadership in the Southwestern Public Defender Office to continue to serve the clients, his staff, and the circuit well.

Social Services Pilot Project Workshop a Success!

Social Services Pilot Project Workshop a Success!


Grants coordinator, Kari Kitchens, along with technical advisors funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), facilitate an on-site workshop held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. GPDC was selected to receive training and technical assistance (TTA) through the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance's Sixth Amendment program. The project is administered by the Center for Court Innovation, and is focused on evaluating the benefit of social work services to defendants in the circuits chosen for this pilot project- Atlanta, Stone Mountain, Piedmont, Conasauga, Lookout Mountain, Southern, and Northern circuits. 

Appellate Division Gets New Leadership

Appellate Division Gets New Leadership


The Appellate Division staff gathers on February 1st, 2019 with new Division staff director, Brandon Bullard. The contract program for the Division is now headed by Genevieve Holmes, formerly a staff attorney with the Division. The Appellate Division is one of only three units in the public-defender system that handles cases from across the state. And it is the only public-defender unit dedicated to representing clients before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Georgia.

2019 Administrative Professionals Conference is Right Around the Corner!

2019 Administrative Professionals Conference is Right Around the Corner!


The Georgia Public Defender Council is pleased to announce its 2019 Administrative Professionals Conference to be held Sunday, April 14 – Wednesday, April 17, 2019. This conference, created to inform and empower GPDC’s administrative professionals, will be a great chance for networking, learning, and engaging. Sessions will include featured presenters as well as information sessions presented by GPDC staff. We look forward to hosting our administrative professionals from across the state.

Legislative Days 12 and 13 During the 2019 Legislative Session Well Supported!

Legislative Days 12 and 13 During the 2019 Legislative Session Well Supported!


Circuit Public Defenders and the State Level Services Director join the Interim Executive Director and past Executive Director at the Capitol on Legislative Days 12 and 13 during the 2019 legislative session.