In a case of first impression, the Supreme Court of Georgia has affirmed that the denial of a motion to withdraw as counsel based on alleged conflicts of interest is not directly appealable.
Now an Atlanta public defender tasked with representing more than half of the 11 defendants convicted in 2015 of racketeering and conspiracy in an alleged Atlanta Public Schools standardized test cheating scandal must continue serving as counsel—or be held in contempt of court.
Collateral Order Doctrine
(L-R) Appellant attorney Stephen R. Scarborough of Atlanta Circuit Public Defender’s Office; Appellee attorney Kevin C. Armstrong, chief senior assistant district attorney with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Supreme Court of Georgia Oral Arguments in Buckner-Webb et al. v. The State. April 19, 2022. (Image from court video)