Public Defenders Office

LogoThe Public Defenders Office, an independent agency within the judicial branch of state government, was created by the General Assembly in 2003 and was appropriated state funding during a 2004 special session to deliver indigent defense services to all of the 49 judicial circuits within the state. The Public Defender for the Cherokee Judicial Circuit that consists of Bartow and Gordon Counties is appointed by a five-member circuit panel. The Public Defender and the staff is responsible for providing constitutionally mandated effective legal counsel to indigent persons who are incapable of hiring their own attorneys and are accused of crimes or subject to probation revocation proceedings in Superior Court. The county, by state law, must provide this office with office space, equipment, furniture, books, postage, supplies, telephones, and utilities.

  • Indigent guidelines for Gordon County follow the federal standards and guidelines for determining indigency.
  • Our office DOES NOT provide representation for lower courts; Magistrate, Probate, Municipal (any city court), Juvenile or any Civil matters such as divorce or child support. We do not give free legal advice.

Application Process:

Complete an application and return it to our office by email to khartsook@gordoncounty.org , fax or in person. Make sure you have your financial documents to accompany the application.

Applications are taken Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Call the main number 706-879-2160 and choose option #5 for complete instructions or click here for instructions.

In order for an attorney to be assigned to your case, you must apply and qualify. Attorneys will not be assigned or appointments made until you have completed the application process, provided the necessary financial documents and qualified.

Contact Information:
Christopher G. Paul, Chief Circuit Defender
Kim Hartsook, Office Manager
101 Boston Road Calhoun, GA 30701
Phone: 706-879-2160
Fax: 706-879-2161

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Applications are taken Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Attorney’s seen by appointment only.