Early Appointment Innovation Brief

Early Appointment Innovation Brief

Having a qualified juvenile defender present, at the earliest stage possible, protects a youth’s rights, ensures that youth will be informed as to the nature of any plea offer or collateral consequences that might attach to that offer, and will ensure the best possible legal outcome for that child. Juvenile defenders involved in the Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (JIDAN) sought to improve access to counsel by ensuring youth were appointed counsel at the earliest possible stage of juvenile court proceedings.