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Self-Assessment Tool

The Juvenile Committee of the National Association for Public Defense and NJDC developed a Juvenile Defense Self-Assessment Tool that is intended to create an opportunity to reflect on practices in public defender offices pertaining to the defense of juveniles in delinquency proceedings.

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In re Gault

50 years ago, the United States Supreme Court affirmed that youth in America’s juvenile courts are entitled to many of the same rights as adults, including the right to counsel, the right to notice of the charges against them, the right against self-incrimination, and the right to confront their accusers. This printed version of the case highlights some of the decision’s most important points.


Trial Manual for Defense Attorneys in Juvenile Delinquency Cases

An updated version of Randy Hertz, Martin Guggenheim, and Anthony G. Amsterdam’s Trial Manual is now available.

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NJDC Releases Judicial Bench Cards on SOGIE Advocacy and Adolescent Development

In partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Judges and the State Justice Institute, NJDC published two bench cards: one to ensure fair and just treatment for LGBTQ-GNC people in juvenile court, and one promoting a judicial understanding of adolescent development in delinquency proceedings.

Delaware State Assessment

The National Juvenile Defender Center released a new report on access to counsel and quality of representation for youth in Delaware — our 22nd state assessment in two decades.

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Access Denied: A National Snapshot of States’ Failure to Protect Children’s Right to Counsel

Released on the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision In re Gault, NJDC’s new report reveals that nearly every state falls short of its constitutional obligation to provide effective lawyers for youth. Based on statutory analysis and interviews with juvenile defenders in every state, the Snapshot exposes gaps in procedural protections for children — gaps that perpetuate the over-criminalization of youth, racial and economic disparities, and the fracturing of families and communities.  Learn more here.

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Defend Children: A Blueprint for Effective Juvenile Defender Services

In November of 2016, NJDC released a report that proposes solutions to the ongoing crisis in juvenile defense, illustrates its disparate impact on historically oppressed communities, and highlights innovative and replicable programs across the country that are improving children’s access to justice. Learn more.

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National Juvenile Defender Center 

NJDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense. Through community building, training, and policy reform, we provide national leadership on juvenile defense issues with a focus on curbing the deprivation of young people’s rights in the court system. Our reach extends to urban, suburban, rural, and tribal areas, where we elevate the voices of youth, families, and defenders to create positive case outcomes and meaningful opportunities for children. We also work with broad coalitions to ensure that the reform of juvenile courts includes the protection of children’s rights–particularly the right to counsel.


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Gault at 50 Campaign

In 1967, the Supreme Court affirmed in In re Gault that children have a constitutional right to an attorney in juvenile court. But, nearly 50 years later, the promise of Gault remains unfulfilled. Through a dual approach of public awareness and policy reform, NJDC’s Gault at 50 Campaign seeks to ensure that every child has access to skilled, high-quality legal representation. Sign the Statement of Principles and learn more on the campaign website.


A New Kind of Training

Developing a specialization in juvenile defense through new and innovative training programs that can be tailored for any jurisdiction.

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Read All About It

Check out NJDC’s array of free publications – infographics, issue briefs, and bench cards, among others – to share best-practices in juvenile defense and promote leadership and change at the local level.

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