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Banks County Public Defender
Piedmont Judicial Circuit
5000 General Jackson Drive
Jefferson, GA 30549
 (706) 387-6317

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Public Defender
The mission of the Office of The Public Defender is to ensure that all accused indigent defendants are provided with their guaranteed fundamental constitutional rights by providing effective and zealous legal representation.


  • Application for Service: Resident must offer proof of inability to pay for own representation. This is accomplished by submitting the application form below. Once the form is completed and provided to the public defender’s office, it will be reviewed. Based on the information provided, a determination will be made as to meeting the needs of a public defender. At this point, a defender will be assigned and will notify the resident.
  • Types of Cases: Public defenders can be assigned for superior and supreme court cases.
  • Forms: Coming Soon!
  • For additional information, please refer to the Ga. Public Defender Standards Council website:

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How can I apply for a court-appointed attorney for a felony case?
A: Please come to the office of the Circuit Public Defender to complete an application form to apply for a court-appointed attorney. You must bring a $50 money order to pay the application fee (see notice of application fee below) and proof of income when you come to apply. If you are unable to pay the application fee, you may request a waiver of the fee by completing a “Motion for Application of Fee Waiver”. The trial judge will make a determination as to whether the application fee is waived.   For additional information, please refer to the Ga. Public Defender Standards Council website:

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