Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization


  • Oversight

    Partial oversight

Georgia provides counsel to indigent youth through public defenders appointed in each judicial circuit overseen by the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council (GPDSC).  Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Georgia state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

Waiver of counsel must be voluntary and must be made knowingly and intelligently.

  • Restrictions on waivers
  • No restrictions
  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.
  • Age

    Under 0

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Georgia, an attorney for a juvenile can be appointed at the following points in the process: Custodial Questioning / Talk with Intake Officer Detention Hearing / First Court Appearance / Arraignment; Once a Petition is Filed / Hearing on the Petition; Loss of Freedom / Institutionalization / Commitment / Imprisonment; All Stages of Proceedings / All Critical States of Proceedings.

  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.

Indigency requirements, 2013

Indigency determination: Public defender

Georgia indigency law is governed by: Juvenile Statutes effective until 12-31-2013; Juvenile Statutes effective 01-01-2014; Juvenile Court Rule; Adult Statutes (the Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003), which determine indigency. Georgia law has several useful definitions. Under the terms of the Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003, by statute, special juvenile law education / training / experience/ program for appointed juvenile counsel. The Public Defender makes the determination of indigency. Court can / must appoint attorney for juvenile if there is a conflict of interest between the juvenile and the parent.

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