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

Send Requests for Employment Verification to:

hr-request@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

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)

Latest News

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GPDC Appoints Conasauga Circuit Public Defender

GPDC Appoints Conasauga Circuit Public Defender


GPDC is proud to announce the appointment of Amanda McCoy as the Circuit Public Defender for the Conasauga Judicial Circuit covering Murray and Whitfield counties.

Ms. McCoy has previously served as Conasauga’s Chief Assistant Public Defender from 2009 through 2017. McCoy possesses an M.B.A. Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and a J.D. from Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law.

GPDC looks forward to all that Ms. McCoy will accomplish on behalf of the Conasauga Circuit during her four-year term.

Summer 2020 Circuit Public Defender Appointments

Summer 2020 Circuit Public Defender Appointments


GPDC is proud to announce the appointment of two new Circuit Public Defenders. Mr. Jad B. Johnson has been selected to serve as the CPD for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit and Ms. Amanda Grantham has been selected to serve as the CPD for the Northern Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Johnson has been serving as Lookout Mountain’s interim CPD since the retirement of former CPD David Dunn. He possesses extensive experience in the Lookout Mountain Circuit, having served there in various roles since 2005, most recently as the Chief Assistant Public Defender. He has taught at the state-wide public defender training, graduated from the National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute, and has argued before the Supreme Court of Georgia. His as CPD will begin on July 16, 2020.

Ms. Grantham has most recently served as the agency’s Chief Legal Officer. She has also served as a Senior Assistant Public Defender in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit and as an Assistant Public Defender in the August Judicial Circuit. Ms. Grantham has 13 years of experiencing serving as a defender. Her term as CPD will begin on August 1, 2020.

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New Georgia Capital Defender Appointments

New Georgia Capital Defender Appointments


GPDC is proud to announce two new appointments in the Office of the Capital Defender.

Ms. Jerilyn Bell has been appointed as the Interim Capital Defender and will begin serving in this role on August 1, 2020. Mr. Christian Lamar has been appointed as the Deputy Director of Litigation for the Georgia Capital Defender. Mr. Lamar will begin serving in this role on July 1, 2020. Both Ms. Bell and Mr. Lamar will be working closely with Capital Defender Jerry Word in preparation for his retirement.

GPDC sincerely appreciates Ms. Bell and Mr. Lamar’s willingness to assist the agency and assume new responsibilities during the transitionary period. They bring a wealth of experience to their new roles and we look forward to all that they will accomplish on behalf of clients and the citizens of Georgia.