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]

Application for Public Defender Services

Download the Application for Public Defender Services

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Contact GPDC Divisions

Central Office

270 Washington Street, #6079
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 795-2440
Toll Free: (800) 676-4432

Send Open Records Requests to: 

OpenRecords@gapublicdefender.org

Send Requests for Employment Verification to:

hr-request@gapublicdefender.org

Appellate Division

270 Washington Street SW, #5198
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 739-5151

Office of the Capital Defender

270 Washington Street SW, #5198
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 739-5151

Office of the Mental Health Advocate

270 Washington Street, #5198
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404)795-2440

State Level Services

270 Washington Street, #5198
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 795-2440

Grants Division

270 Washington Street, #6079
Atlanta, GA 30334
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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GPDC Offices Closed on November 25th & 26th

GPDC Offices Closed on November 25th & 26th


Public Notice: Georgia Public Defender Council Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26, in observance of the Thanksgiving and state holidays. Offices will reopen on Monday, November 29.

 

 

Augusta CPD Appointed

Augusta CPD Appointed


GPDC is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Rahmaan Bowick as the Augusta Circuit Public Defender. 

Mr. Bowick first joined GPDC in 2008 serving as an Assistant Public Defender. He has also served in different roles in Richmond County Juvenile Court and the Richmond school system. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

We look forward to all that Mr. Bowick will accomplish on behalf of the Augusta Circuit and its indigent defendants during his term. 

 

Clayton CPD Sworn-In

Clayton CPD Sworn-In


GPDC is pleased to announce that Alfonso Kraft Jr. was sworn-in as the Circuit Public Defender for the Clayton Judicial Circuit on September 1, 2021. 

Mr. Kraft has served in a variety of roles within the court system and brings a wealth of practical experience to his new role. He worked as an APD in the Clayton Circuit, as a prosecutor in Troup County Juvenile Court, as a Conflict Defender in the Stone Mountain Circuit, and as an Appeals APD in the Coweta Circuit. He also operated The Kraft Firm, LLC, a private criminal defense firm focusing on appellate cases. Mr. Kraft possesses an MBA from the University of Kentucky and earned his JD at Georgia State University’s College of Law.

GPDC looks forward to all that Mr. Kraft will accomplish on behalf of the Clayton Circuit Office and its indigent clients. 

Atlanta CPD Appointed; Takes Office in August

Atlanta CPD Appointed; Takes Office in August


GPDC is proud to announce that Mr. Maurice Kenner has been selected to serve as the Circuit Public Defender for the Atlanta Judicial Circuit. 

Mr. Kenner has been with the agency since 2010, when he joined the Atlanta Circuit Office as an APD. He was responsible for establishing and launching the Stone Mountain Circuit Conflict Defender Office in his role as Circuit Conflict Defender and later joined the Central Office in 2020 as GPDC’s Deputy Director for State Level Services. Before his tenure as a PD, he maintained a private practice and served as the Solicitor General for the City of Decatur’s Municipal Court.

Please join GPDC in congratulating Mr. Kenner on his selection. 

CPD Appointed for Columbia Judicial Circuit

CPD Appointed for Columbia Judicial Circuit


GPDC is proud to announce that Mr. Mack Taylor has been selected to serve as the Circuit Public Defender for the Columbia Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Taylor is a thoroughly skilled attorney, earning his J.D. from Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law in 2005 and his bachelor's from Augusta State University. He has served as an assistant solicitor general, an assistant district attorney, an assistant public defender, an appellate attorney, an attorney for parents in DFCS proceedings, and a private practitioner. He possesses the extensive legal experience, administrative background, and deep knowledge of the Columbia Circuit necessary to excel in this new role.

GPDC looks forward to all that Mr. Taylor will accomplish on behalf of the Columbia Circuit and its indigent defendants during his four-year term. Please join us in congratulating him on his appointment and welcoming him to GPDC.

Public Defenders Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines

Public Defenders Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines


DPH has announced that Public Defenders, and others, will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines beginning on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021. 

On March 17, 2021, courthouse staff will be eligible. Courthouse staff are defined as: court administrative staff, judicial agency staff, court clerks and staff, court interpreters, court reporters, court food and service workers, court staff, courthouse janitorial staff, judges and justices, prosecutors and public defenders, and court-appointed conflict attorneys.

The following links can be used to schedule a vaccination appointment:

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Tool

DPH Find a Vaccination Site Tool

Georgia: My Vaccine - Mass Vaccination Site Appointments