planpuzzle-pixabayJuvenile defenders should ensure their clients’ interests are represented through the disposition phase by consulting with their client to determine the independent disposition plan that will best serve the specific needs, expressed interests, and desired outcome of an individual client. In order to present individualized, alternative treatment and disposition plans to the court, defenders must be familiar with the disposition options available in their jurisdiction, understand the differences among them, and be able to advise the client about the details and consequences of each.

Part VI: Role of Juvenile Defense Counsel at Disposition Hearings of the National Juvenile Defense Standards is dedicated entirely to Juvenile Defense Counsel’s Role at Disposition Hearings, with nine separate Standards addressing defenders’ obligations to their clients during this critical stage.

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