About the Public Defender




Vernon Pitts is Circuit Public Defender for Fulton County.  His office provides representation for indigent defendants to ensure that their constitutional rights are protected.  The office budget totals $10,990,905 with 137 full-time county positions and 20 full-time state positions.

Pitts served Fulton County from 1979 to 1982 as an Assistant Public Defender until his departure to take a position in the Federal Defender Program, Inc.  He returned to the County in 1985 as Director of the Public Defender’s office.  Since 2005, he has served as the Circuit Public Defender of the State of Georgia’s Atlanta Judicial Circuit.

Pitts professional activities include service on the Governor’s Commission on Certainty in Sentencing and the Executive Committee of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He is a Founding Member of the Dekalb Lawyers Association.  Other memberships held by Pitts include the State Bar of Georgia, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, National Bar Association and the Law Enforcement Committee of the Association of County Commissioners.

Pitts graduated from Hunter College, City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.    He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Emory University School of Law