“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to the assistance of counsel for his defense.” – U.S. Constitution, Amendment VI

  • Ga. Public Defenders Follow the Tradition of John Adams

    “When we think of John Adams, we think of an influential Founder and the second President of the United States. But in 1770, he was a 35-year-old lawyer and had never run for public office. Incredibly, Adams agreed to take on the defense of the soldiers. He didn’t just defend them— he zealously represented them. Not one of the soldiers was convicted of murder. Six were acquitted and two were found guilty of lesser charges.” – Bryan Tyson, Executive Director GPDC

    See full article in Insider Advantage here.

  • Tyson Nominated for Daily Report’s Attorney of the Year

    Executive Director, Bryan P. Tyson

    From the article:

    The Daily Report is pleased to announce five finalists for its first “Attorney of the Year” award, honoring who had the biggest impact on the Georgia legal community or most helped to advance the cause of justice during 2015…

    Bryan Tyson, who as executive director of the Georgia Public Defender Council, laid the groundwork in 2015 for key decisions by the Legislature in early 2016. The council received $4 million in additional state funds, enabling the council to pay all state-paid assistant public defenders on the same schedule as assistant district attorneys.

    Read the full article here. 

  • Elaine McGruder awarded Atlanta Bar Association’s 2016 Public Service Award


    Pictured: Jim Stokes, Conflicts Division Director, Elaine McGruder, Director Fulton County Public Defender/State & Magistrate, and Bryan Tyson, Executive Director.
    October 21, 2016