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Access to Justice

Your Right to an Attorney

O.C.G.A. § 17-12-1 et seq.
 
As a person accused of a crime, you have the right to be represented by an attorney
under the United States and Georgia Constitutions at all critical stages of the
criminal process, including your arraignment. 

If you cannot afford an attorney, you have the right to have an attorney appointed to represent you. 

You may ask for an application when you appear at your arraignment or you may pick one up at the Court Services Office.

Upon review of your application, if you financially qualify the Judge will appoint an attorney to represent you.  
 

Interpreter Services

Do you require the services of a foreign language interpreter?
Under Federal Law, include Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, and Georgia statutory law, case law and Supreme Court rules, Georgia courts are required to provide qualified foreign-language interpreters to participants in court proceedings who are limited English proficient (LEP).

Do you require the services of a sign language interpreter?
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state law (O.C.G.A. § 24-6-650 to 658), Georgia courts must provide auxiliary aids or services - such as qualified sign language interpreters to participants in court proceedings who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH).

These aids or services are provided to ensure effective communications by and with participants who are LEP or DHH. 

A court services representative will assist you in obtaining these services.