About the Central JDC

The Central Juvenile Defender Center is one of the nine Regional Centers of the National Juvenile Defender Center.  The Center focuses on juvenile law issues in Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee.  The Center coordinates regional activities, including helping to compile and analyze juvenile indigent defense data, facilitating organizing and networking opportunities for juvenile defenders, offering targeted, state-based training and technical assistance, and providing case support specifically designed for complex or high profile cases.  The Central Juvenile Defender Center is based at the Children’s Law Center, Inc., in Covington, Kentucky.

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NJDC Mission and Vision Statement


To promote justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense.

Statement of Beliefs

NJDC believes that a strong juvenile defense delivery system is a vital mechanism for ensuring that:

For these reasons, NJDC believes that the juvenile defense bar must:

Vision Statement

NJDC works to create a strong juvenile defense delivery system where: