Appellate practice is a critical component of protecting the due process rights of youth and ensuring just outcomes in the delinquency court process. Juvenile appeals is a specialty unto itself, and attorneys must receive adequate training and education to maintain a high-level practice. Accordingly, it is difficult—if not impossible—to maintain specialized practices in both trial level juvenile defense and juvenile appeals. Thus, whenever possible, trial counsel should assist his or her client in obtaining specialized appellate representation when a client wishes to exercise his or her right to appeal.
The National Juvenile Defense Standards Standards 7.2-7.4 address trial attorneys’ obligations with regards to appeals from juvenile court decisions.
NJDC works to advance appellate advocacy by authoring, co-authoring, and/or joining amicus briefs. Please see our Amicus Briefs page for more detailed information on this work.
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