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There are defender champions around the country making incredible marks in the field of juvenile defense. Here’s more on one of those trailblazers making a difference and protecting the rights of kids.
The National Counsel of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) issues a resolution calling for limits on the use of shackles in juvenile courts as part of a trauma-informed and developmentally appropriate approach to juvenile justice.
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Citing the NJDC’s earlier Assessment of Missouri’s indigent defense system, the Department of Justice has issued a report on how the St. Louis Family Court violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Rights of Children.
A message from NJDC’s new Executive Director, Kim Dvorchak.
The Department of Justice takes a strong stance that state courts must provide youth with meaningful access to counsel. In a Statement of Interest filed in a Georgia state court, the DOJ says that courts need to ensure kids have access to attorneys “with the training, resources, and time to effectively advocate the child’s interests.”
The RCP builds on the growing mo- mentum of reform in juvenile justice and includes collabor- ations with organ- izations dedicated to the mental health needs of youth, the treatment of status offenders, and dual system youth.
NJDC is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense. NJDC provides support to public defenders, appointed counsel, law school clinical programs, and non-profit law centers to ensure quality representation in urban, suburban, rural, and tribal areas. NJDC also offers a wide range of integrated services to juvenile defenders, including training, technical assistance, policy advocacy, capacity building, networking, collaboration, and coordination.
Frequently Asked Questions
Don’t all kids get lawyers if they are arrested? Why would a child need a lawyer anyway? The truth may surprise you.
Developing a specialization in juvenile defense through new and innovative training programs that can be tailored for any jurisdiction.