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

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

Latest News

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New Office for Conasauga Circuit

New Office for Conasauga Circuit


On September 14, the Conasauga Circuit hosted an open house of their new building in Dalton. CPD Natalie Glaser and her staff are pictured here, they are all very pleased to have this much improved home office. Congratulations, Conasauga!

Conference Equips & Connects Public Defenders

Conference Equips & Connects Public Defenders


“Our annual conference equips Georgia public defenders by providing important training, but it also provides an opportunity for public defenders from across the state to communicate, support, and connect with each other,” said Bryan Tyson, GPDC Executive Director. “Georgia public defenders are dedicated to defending the rights of their clients, which ultimately protects the rights of every citizen. I’m proud of the work these fantastic lawyers do every day.”

2017 Conference Hosts Over 400 Public Defenders

2017 Conference Hosts Over 400 Public Defenders


Nearly 450 public defenders from all over the state attended the Georgia Public Defender Council's second annual conference held in Savannah from July 24 – 26, thanks to funding in the FY18 budget from Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia General Assembly. Curricula focused on several aspects of forensic science and litigation, as well as separate tracks devoted to the unique needs of effective juvenile defense and a leadership track for Circuit Public Defenders, Division Heads, and nominated Assistant Public Defenders. The conference was followed by Transition into Law Practice Program (TILPP)  – Trial Skills with a class of 64 new public defenders.

South Georgia Circuit Visits Central Office

South Georgia Circuit Visits Central Office


South Georgia CPD Tre McLendon and some of his staff visited the Central Office on May 25, 2017. We were happy to host them as they met with Atlanta staff, learned about fleet procedures, and discussed future training opportunities. Pictured from left: Chris Richardson, APD, Craig Miller. APD, APD Patrick Chisholm, CPD Tre McLendon, Executive Director Bryan Tyson, Erica Austin, APD, Josh Suggs, Investigator, and Deputy Director Jimmonique Rodgers.

Meet Stanton Pittman, Fleet/Motor Pool Specialist

Meet Stanton Pittman, Fleet/Motor Pool Specialist


Stanton Pittman (left, pictured with Michael Marsh) at his fleet training. Stan started on May 16th as GPDC's new Fleet/Motor Pool Specialist. Stan comes to GPDC with a great deal of experience; he recently retired from the Marine Corps as a Motor Transportation Operations Chief. With his background and focus on customer service delivery, Stan is a welcome addition to GPDC Operations. Please join us in welcoming him to the team.