Providing zealous, effective, ethical representation

to indigent people accused of crimes.





The Georgia Public Defender Council’s Appellate Division is one of only three units in the public-defender that handles cases from across the state. And it is the only public-defender unit dedicated to representing clients before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Georgia. Representation by the Appellate Division is often a client’s last chance at relief with the benefit of counsel. The Appellate Division’s mission, therefore, is to provide each client with the best appellate representation possible in that client’s case.

In addition to representing clients, the Appellate Division helps to continually improve the quality of indigent defense in Georgia by:

  • Tracking and reporting on legal issues that are important to public-defender clients across Georgia;
  • Responding to public defenders’ legal-research needs with expertise;
  • Consulting with public defenders and contract counsel on the litigation of legal issues at trial and their preservation for later appeals;
  • Assisting public defenders and contract counsel with all aspects of appellate litigation, from strategic planning to brief-writing and oral argument;
  • Offering superior online research materials, including a curated bank of appellate briefs;
  • Petitioning for writs of certiorari or appearing as a friend of the court, where appropriate; and
  • Delivering, in coordination of the Georgia Public Defender Council’s Training Division, professional development programs on appellate practice and procedure, as well as on developments in the law.

Please note: Only Appellate Division clients may receive legal advice from Appellate Division lawyers. The Appellate Division cannot represent clients in federal court, or in any civil action or petition for post-conviction habeas corpus relief.

If you are interested in joining our team as a contract atorney with the Appellate Division, learn more at this link.

Contact Appellate Division

104 Marietta St NW #600
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel: (404) 739-5151