In re A.J.

NJDC co-authored a brief with the law firm of Baker & McKenzie arguing to uphold the trial court’s determination that juvenile defendant, A.J., charged with a sex offense, was entitled to a jury trial.

Amici argued that due process, the deplorable state of juvenile justice in Louisiana, and the rehabilitative goals of Louisiana’s juvenile justice system all mandated a right to jury trial in delinquency proceedings.

Unfortunately, the Louisiana Supreme Court disagreed with amici, and found that no such jury trial right existed.

Court: Louisiana Supreme Court
Filed: May 26, 2009 (download .pdf)
Amicus Brief Discusses: Collateral Consequences; Due Process; Jury Trial

Decision: December 1, 2009