ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA–Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has appointed Rockdale County Probate Court Judge Gary Washington to the Rockdale Judicial Circuit Public Defender Supervisory Council. As a member of the Supervisory Panel, Judge Washington will be responsible for evaluating the performance of the Rockdale County Circuit Public Defender on an annual basis and nominating candidates to be considered for appointment as the Rockdale Circuit Defender when the position is vacant.
Judge Washington brings a wealth of legal experience to the role, having more than 30 years of litigation experience, which includes extensive work representing indigent clients while working with the Fulton County Public Defender’s Office, as well as working with the Georgia Appellate Resource Office, which obtained post-conviction relief for death-sentenced defendants. As an attorney in private practice, Washington has also represented numerous indigent defendants.
Washington was appointed as associate Judge by Judge Clarence Cuthpert, Jr. in 2020 and was elected to Rockdale County Probate Judge in 2021, after Judge Cuthpert was appointed Chief State Court Judge.
“My entire legal career has been dedicated to making the law a better tool for justice,” said Judge Washington. “I am deeply honored to have been appointed to the Rockdale Judicial Circuit Public Defender Supervisory Council. I look forward to serving in this important role and working with my fellow council members to ensure that the Rockdale County Public Defender’s office provides quality legal representation for its clients.”