The Office of General Counsel provides legal services to the AOC, members of the judicial branch, and the regulatory agencies of the judiciary. Services include drafting, negotiating and terminating all contracts and legal agreements; researching and analyzing legal questions; and providing habeas corpus forms to penal institutions. The legal staff also assists with the administrative oversight of Judicial Council grant-funded projects.
Legal Assistance to Families Victimized by Domestic Violence Project (Legal Assistance Project)
Since 1999, the Judicial Council of Georgia, through its Legal Assistance to Families Victimized by Domestic Violence Project, has awarded grants to agencies which provide civil legal services to victims of family violence in Georgia. Funding for this project is provided by state appropriated funds from the Georgia General Assembly. The amount of funds available to grantees varies each year.
The Judicial Council Standing Committee on Grants, successor to the Judicial Council Domestic Violence Committee, evaluates the grant applications and determines the award amounts.*
The Request for Proposals is announced annually in April and the application submission period concludes on May 31 each year. Award recipients are announced in July. Please refer to the full description of the grant program for additional information on the Legal Assistance Project.
* Seventy-five percent (75%) of the available grant funds are awarded based on the poverty population as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau. The estimates are used to calculate the ratio of the poverty population for the counties served by the program to Georgia’s total poverty population. The remaining twenty-five percent (25%) of the available grant funds is awarded to programs serving special needs categories.