“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to the assistance of counsel for his defense.” – U.S. Constitution, Amendment VI

  • Augusta PD Office Receives Bronx Defenders Grant

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    The Augusta Circuit Public Defender office has received a 2016 Technical Assistance grant from The Center for Holistic Defense, a project of the Bronx Defenders. This marks the second time this grant has been awarded to a Georgia Public Defender Council circuit office in the program’s five-year history; the Atlanta circuit received the grant in 2013.

    “The climate in Georgia is prime for supporting client-centered practices,” said Kate Mason, Augusta Circuit Public Defender. “Governor Deal’s Criminal Justice Reform opened the door to a comprehensive systems change including accountability courts and increased support to the public defender. This grant from the Bronx Defenders provides an opportunity to improve the delivery of indigent defense services to our clients by adopting a more holistic approach while building on the success of the Governor’s reforms.”

    The grant consists of twelve months of in-depth technical assistance creating an interdisciplinary model of public defense that augments legal representation with identifying other needs that may be addressed by social services and connecting clients to those resources.

  • Investigator Stephen Gurr Earns National Certification

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    Stephen Gurr, a senior investigator for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit’s Public Defender Office, recently earned national designation as a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator from the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council. To earn the designation, Gurr completed a seven-part distance learning course and submitted letters of recommendation from senior attorneys in the office, as well as an affidavit attesting to his ability, productivity and ethics as an investigator. Gurr is one of nine Certified Criminal Defense Investigators in Georgia, and one of only three current public defender investigators in the state to earn the CCDI designation from the Florida-based national council. Gurr, a graduate of Gainesville High School and the University of Georgia, has worked for the Public Defender’s Office since August 2010.

  • 2015 Juvenile Defender Conference

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    Jenny Lutz, Juvenile Justice Policy Attorney, Defender Association of Philadelphia presents to attendees at GPDSC’s 2015 Juvenile Defender Conference.

  • CPD Saari Moderates Professionalism Panel at JTIP

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    Claudia Saari, Stone Mountain Circuit Public Defender, moderates a panel on professionalism at GPDSC’s 2015 Juvenile Defender Conference. Panelists, left to right, are Cathryn Crawford, special litigation counsel to the Office of Capital Writs, Texas; Jill Roth, Assistant Public Defender, Juvenile Division, Eastern Judicial circuit ; and Randee Waldman, Director of the Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic, Emory University School of Law.

  • Persse Selected as Eastern CPD

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    “Please join me in congratulating Robert on his new position. I am confident that the knowledge and skill he exercised during his time in Ogeechee will continue to be an asset to our team and our clients as he assumes the mantle of leadership in the Eastern Circuit.” — Bryan Tyson, Executive Director

  • Ga. Public Defenders Follow the Tradition of John Adams

    “When we think of John Adams, we think of an influential Founder and the second President of the United States. But in 1770, he was a 35-year-old lawyer and had never run for public office. Incredibly, Adams agreed to take on the defense of the soldiers. He didn’t just defend them— he zealously represented them. Not one of the soldiers was convicted of murder. Six were acquitted and two were found guilty of lesser charges.” – Bryan Tyson, Executive Director GPDC

    See full article in Insider Advantage here.

  • Cordele Strategic Planning

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    The Cordele Judicial Circuit participated in a one-day Strategic Planning Workshop on July 27, 2015 to complete the first phase of their strategic plan.  They will complete Phase II of their plan later this fall.  This circuit utilized local resources offered through Crisp County Family Connection. (Pictured from L to R: Tiffany Walker – Admin, J. Scott Hawkins – Investigator, Tracy Mullis – CPD, Corey Mason – Chief Investigator, Dominko Rumph – Asst. Public Defender, Matthew Maxwell – Juvenile Defender, Karen Mead – Asst. Public Defender, Rashawn Clark – Chief Asst. Public Defender.)

  • In Memoriam: Wm. Lee Robinson

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    The Georgia Public Defender Council mourns one of its own. Macon Circuit Public Defender Wm. Lee Robinson passed on November 4, 2015, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Lee’s contributions to his city, state, and country are unparalleled. In addition to serving as CPD since the agency’s inception, Lee also served as the Mayor of Macon, a State Senator, and a Colonel in the U.S. Army. Further, Lee devoted much of his time and energy to philanthropic and civic causes. He was respected by his colleagues and beloved by his family, friends, and community. He will be missed deeply.

  • Congratulations to Brandon V. Cannon, CCDI

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    Brandon V. Cannon, the senior investigator from the Conasauga Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s office is the most recent member of only eleven Georgia investigators to earn board certification as a Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI). Brandon completed the five day training at the Criminal Defense Investigation Academy in Jensen Beach, Florida.  Coursework included Criminal Defense Investigation, Computer Forensics, Blood Spatter Analysis & Blood Detection, Use of Force, Crime Scene Examination, Capital Mitigation and Forensic Photography. Brandon is a graduate of Murray County High School in Chatsworth, Dalton State College’s Private Investigator course, and the Georgia Police Academy in Dalton, Georgia.

  • Verlencia Haynes Earns APM Credential

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    Verlencia Haynes recently received project management certification credentials and was honored at the Georgia Technology Authority’s July event. Verlencia’s major professional milestone was awarded after she completed a rigorous program, including extensive course work and several exams earning her the Associate Project Manager (APM) credential. This newly earned certification will certainly benefit all of us as she spearheads the E-Documents technology project here at GPDC. Congratulations, Verlencia!

    Pictured: Tom Fruman, Senior Officer Enterprise Governance and Planning for GTA, Gerard & Verlencia Haynes, Brandon Bullard, GPDC Senior Staff Attorney, and Calvin Rhodes, Executive Director of GTA and State CIO.