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Public Defender’s Office – DeKalb County Juvenile Court

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The Public Defender's Office of DeKalb County Juvenile Court

The Law Office of the DeKalb County Public Defender/Juvenile Division provides legal representation to those youth unable to afford an attorney in all delinquent cases in DeKalb County. It is our mission to promote equal justice, fairness and respect for all people in the judicial system through effective and excellent legal advocacy. We are tenacious advocates for every client and in so doing, we safeguard the rights of all by providing exemplary legal representation.

If you need an attorney to represent your child in their DeKalb County Juvenile Court case and would like to see if you qualify for appointed counsel, please submit your completed application to our office either in person or by mail. The application is available by clicking here. It is a Microsoft Word fillable form and requires Microsoft Word to open and function properly. Applications are also available at our office.

Please note that Georgia law requires each applicant to pay an application fee by money order of $50 (O.C.G.A . Section 15-21 A 6(b)). Under certain circumstances, the court in which you will appear may waive the fee.

To submit information, questions and concerns please call us at 404-294-2794 or e-mail us at jvpublicdefender@dekalbcountyga.gov.

Thank you.

Documents and Forms

Claudia S. saari

Circuit Public Defender

Get in touch


The Gregory A. Adams
Juvenile Justice Center
4309 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 30032

Contact Us

Phone : (404) 294-2794

Our Hours

MON-FRI 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Helpful Links

DeKalb County Superior Court – (404) 371-2836
Click here to visit Superior Court's website

DeKalb County State Court – Traffic Division - (404) 294-2099
Click here to visit State Court's website

DeKalb County Probate Court – (404) 371-2601
Click here to visit Probate Court website

Georgia Department of Drivers Services – (678) 413-8400
Click here to visit Georgia DDS website

Our offices are open to the public from 8:30am-5:00pm. In order to protect the health and safety of all employees and the public, we will be following recommended CDC and Department of Health guidelines including wearing masks and limiting the number of staff and public in our office in order to maintain social distancing.

If you require assistance for a Juvenile Court matter please call us at 404.294.2794. If we cannot resolve the matter by telephone, we will schedule an in-person meeting for a later date or we will let you know when you can safely visit our office on the 3rd floor of the courthouse.

If the matter is not urgent you may also email us at jvpublicdefender@dekalbcountyga.gov.

The application to apply for our services can be found online at the following website: https://dekalbjuvenilecourt.org/public-defenders/