Public Defender

Claudia S. Saari, Circuit Public Defender

Welcome to our website. The Law Office of the DeKalb County Public Defender provides legal representation to those unable to afford an attorney in all criminal 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 you in your DeKalb County 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 MSWord to open and function properly. Applications are also available at our office.

If your case is in Division B of the State Court of DeKalb County, you may fax your application to 404-371-2298. Once your application is received, it will be reviewed and you will be contacted by a member of our office. Applications for Traffic Division cases are typically reviewed within two business days.

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 email us  at



Law Office of the Public Defender
DeKalb County
320 Church Street
Decatur, Georgia, 30030
Phone: 404.371.2222

Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm