the 2003 Session of the General Assembly, the legislature passed the
Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003 that created the Georgia Public
Defender Standards Council and made the Standards Council responsible
for the operation of the system for providing representation for
indigents in criminal cases in all courts in Georgia.
envisioned a partnership between the state government and local
governments. The state provides a circuit public defender office in 46
judicial circuits in Georgia and staffs it with 1 attorney for each
superior court judge and with 2 administrative positions and 1
investigator. These offices provide representation in the superior court
and in the juvenile court (delinquency proceedings only). The counties
in the circuit provide the office space and pay the costs.