Juvenile Defense Basics

Basketball_in_IntramurosFor those who do not work in the juvenile court system, it can seem like a foreign country. Juvenile courts have their own language, their own politics, and their own customs and practices. Moreover, juvenile defense delivery systems vary from state to state, and sometimes even locally within a state. This can be extremely confusing for outsiders, especially for families and young people.

Surprising to many, however, is that even those who work within the juvenile court system often have little understanding—or a misunderstanding—of the role of the juvenile defense attorney. NJDC hopes that the information here will help those who are seeking greater understanding of the juvenile court and the role of the juvenile defender.