Following the mandate of the Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003, Hall County's public defender office ensures the protected right under the 6th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to legal defense for those accused of felonies or juvenile offenses who cannot afford to pay for an attorney.
Hall County's public defender's office represents more than 3,000 clients in new cases or probation revocation matters each year. An office of 10 attorneys and 10 support staff provides zealous and effective legal representation in Hall County's criminal and juvenile courts at a substantial savings to Hall County taxpayers as compared to a court-appointed lawyer system.
Those who cannot afford private legal representation and require a public defender must first apply in person through the Hall County Indigent Defense Office, located on the second floor of the Hall County Courthouse at 225 Green Street. Incarcerated defendants may apply while in jail.
The goal of the office is to achieve justice, independent of political considerations or private interests, for those clients whose lives are entrusted in the hands of the public defenders.