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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Sean Lowe Appointed Rome CPD

Sean Lowe Appointed Rome CPD


Sean Lowe has been appointed Rome Circuit Public Defender upon Lee Henley's retirment.

Sean graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy/Pre-Law and Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 1999. He attended Emory Law, earning his J.D. in 2002. Most recently, Sean served as Chief Assistant Public Defender in the Lookout Mountain Circuit. He has been with GPDC since the beginning and has extensive experience litigating felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. Please join us in welcoming Sean to his new role. We are happy to have him as our newest CPD, bringing with him a successful history in the Lookout Mountain circuit, solid experience in criminal defense, and a proven commitment to the agency and our clients.

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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.

 

Commissioner Cohilas Joins Council

Commissioner Cohilas Joins Council


Chris Cohilas, private attorney and Dougherty County Commission Chairman, was sworn in today as the newest member of the Council. Pictured are Representative Darel Ealum of Albany, Commissioner Chris Cohilas, Governor Nathan Deal, and Executive Director Bryan Tyson. 

Angela O'Conor Appointed Paulding CPD

Angela O'Conor Appointed Paulding CPD


 Congratulations to Angela O’Conor who has been appointed as the Paulding Circuit Public Defender. Angela received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Science from the University of Tennessee in 2002. She attended John Marshall Law School while serving as a Marietta police officer and interning for two semesters with the Cobb County District Attorney’s office, earning her J.D. in 2008. After joining the Paulding Circuit Public Defender Office in 2013, Angela began serving as Paulding Chief Assistant Public Defender in 2014, supervising and mentoring eight attorneys and managing the administrative assistants and investigators—all while successfully handling felony and misdemeanor cases in the Superior Court. Married to Nicholas O’Conor, an investigator with Cob...