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

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Parham Honored Upon His Retirement

Parham Honored Upon His Retirement


Pictured: Executive Director, Bryan Tyson and Michael Parham, CPD Appalachian Circuit

Michael Parham's service and dedication were recognized during our annual conference. Michael retired on July 31 after serving as CPD in the Appalachian circuit since the agency's inception. We wish Michael the best as he embarks on his retirement and mission work.

Clint Hooker Appointed Appalachian CPD

Clint Hooker Appointed Appalachian CPD


Please join us in congratulating Clint Hooker as the newly appointed CPD of the Appalachian Circuit. Prior to Michael Parham's retirement, Clint served as the Chief Assistant and has been with GPDC since its inception in 2005. We are confident that his experience and leadership with serve the clients and the circuit well.

Save the Date: Appellate Division Writing Conference

Save the Date: Appellate Division Writing Conference


 

September 24 - 25, State Bar Building, Atlanta Telecast to Tifton and Savannah

Governor Deal Signs Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

Governor Deal Signs Criminal Justice Reform Legislation


On May 7, 2018, Governor Deal signed into law Senate Bill 407, criminal justice reform legislation that provides comprehensive reform for offenders. 

"In the past eight years, Georgia has become the standard-bearer for many pressing areas of our time, but perhaps none more so than criminal justice reform,” said Deal. “For the better part of a decade, we have implemented new reform measures, expanded initiatives of prior years and adjusted our policies where needed to create a criminal justice system that is more efficient and more equitable."

Read the Governor's press relea...

Augusta Office Receives 2017 Preservation Award

Augusta Office Receives 2017 Preservation Award


Historic Augusta has awarded 902 Greene Street, the Augusta Public Defender office, with its 2017 Preservation Award. The letter notifying CPD Kate Mason of the award identifies why the building is worthy of the honor, "The rehabilitation of the property preserves a significant historic resource in Augusta and enhances the unique architectural appeal of the Augusta Downtown Historic District. By preserving, maintaining, and rehabilitating this building, you have helped Historic Augusta to further its own goals as the community’s preservation organization." The award will be presented on November 2nd at the Augusta Country Club.