Topic Archive: Communication / Language Issues

Training Series: Representing Juveniles in Adult Court

REPRESENTING JUVENILES SERIES: The webinar series, produced in conjunction with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Juvenile Law Center, provides a review of some of the key concepts of adolescent development and ways to apply the science in cases of youth who are facing prosecution in adult courts. Adolescent Development 101: Overview…

Interrogation

“[E]vidence is accumulating that confessions by juveniles do not aid in individualized treatment…and that compelling the child to answer questions, without warning or advice as to his right to remain silent, does not serve this or any other good purpose.”               –  Justice Abe Fortas, United States Supreme Court,…

MAJDC News & Announcements

District of Columbia: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Juvenile Defense Counsel Released on June 7, 2018, the District of Columbia Assessment is based on interviews, observation, and research conducted by a team of expert investigators who analyzed DC’s Family Court and juvenile defense systems throughout 2017.  In many respects, the District of Columbia is…

State v. Diaz

In March 2013, NJDC signed on to an amicus brief filed by the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, urging the Supreme Court to affirm the trial court’s ruling that 15-year-old Maricela Diaz did not knowingly and intelligently waive her Miranda rights before a nine-hour interrogation, and suppressing her confession, a decision that was reversed…

Communication/Language Issues

According to the National Juvenile Defense Standards, language barriers between defense counsel and young clients largely result from a few major factors: youthfulness, limited literacy, or the fact that English is not the client’s primary language. When youthfulness is the issue, counsel must take the time and effort to use developmentally appropriate language. When clients…