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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35 Outstanding Faculty Members Attend Train the Trainer

35 Outstanding Faculty Members Attend Train the Trainer


On December 4th, GPDC hosted a Train the Trainer program for 35 existing and nominated faculty members in preparation for our TILPP Part I: Fundamentals of Public Defense Conference. Our trainers are the cornerstone of our professional development program and we are fortunate to have so many outstanding public defenders willing to share their time and expertise to train Georgia’s newest public defenders.

Congratulations to CPD J. Clay Culp on His Retirement

Congratulations to CPD J. Clay Culp on His Retirement


We are pleased to congratulate J. Clayton Culp on his retirement as Circuit Public Defender for the Waycross Judicial Circuit. Having previously served as a prosecutor in Fulton and Chatham Counties, and later as the contract public defender for Ware County, Clay was appointed as the first CPD for the Waycross Judicial Circuit after the passage of the Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003. He has continued to lead the office with great skill and professionalism since that time, working tirelessly as both an administrator and active trial attorney to ensure that each client received the best representation possible. He leaves the office in great shape, and we know that it will continue to provide effective and efficient service well into the future. We wish him the best in his re...

Joshua Larkey Appointed Waycross CPD

Joshua Larkey Appointed Waycross CPD


Please join us in congratulating Joshua Larkey as the newly appointed CPD of the Waycross Judicial Circuit. Prior to former CPD Clay Culp’s retirement, Joshua served as the Chief Assistant. We look forward to him building on his prior experience and leadership in the Waycross Public Defender Office to continue to serve the clients, his staff, and the circuit well.

Caryn Lobdell Appointed Toombs CPD

Caryn Lobdell Appointed Toombs CPD


Please join us in congratulating Caryn Lobdell as the newly appointed CPD of the Toombs Judicial Circuit effective November 2018. Caryn served as the Chief Assistant to former CPD Chip Wallace and has most recently been in the role of Interim Circuit Public Defender. With this appointment, we are confident that her public defense experience and leadership will serve the clients, her staff, and the Toombs Judicial Circuit well.

Deputy Public Defender Luana Walsh Visits Armenia

Deputy Public Defender Luana Walsh Visits Armenia


Deputy Public Defender Luana Walsh of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit Public Defender was invited to the Republic of Armenia by the American Councils Professional Fellows Program and the U.S. State Department to present on the topic of “Restorative Justice Models In U.S. Courts,” with a focus on accountability treatment courts including drug court, behavioral health, veterans court, and DUI.  In October, she presented to the Ministry of Justice (for the Deputy Minister and his staff), The Academy of Justices, (for judges who handle criminal cases), the Office of the Human Rights Defender, the Office of the Public Defender, the Chamber of Advocates, (the equivalent of a Bar association),  the Probation Department, and the American University of Armenia. 

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