Circuit public defenders are appointed by their individual circuit's Public Defender Supervisory Panel. The membership and the role of these panels are specified in O.C.G.A. § 17-12-20. Six circuits have applied for and been approved to opt out of the state system:
Bell-Forsyth (Forsyth County)
Blue Ridge (Cherokee County)
Cobb (Cobb County)
Douglas (Douglas County)
Gwinnett (Gwinnett County)
Houston (Houston County)
Conflict attorney forms and a detailed, interactive map of counties and circuits with contact information can be viewed on the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council website at
Click here for a list of Circuit Public Defenders Offices.
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