Topic Archive: Competence

In re William B.

In October 2007, the Nevada Supreme Court requested NJDC’s participation as amicus in a case centered on the constitutionality of Nevada’s presumptive transfer statute. NJDC’s brief, signed on to by 23 other organizations, addressed several critical constitutional and public policy issues, including the well-established developmental differences between youth and adult offenders, the problems posed by…

Arizona v. Tyler B.

In March 2013, NJDC, along with 40 other organizations and individuals, signed onto an amicus brief filed by Juvenile Law Center in support of Tyler B., asserting that the trial court properly exercised its discretion in granting Tyler’s motion to suppress evidence derived from a blood draw. Amici argued that a youth’s age and other…

People v. Patterson

NJDC joined the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, the Exoneration Project at University of Chicago Law School, and several other interested organizations in filing an amicus brief in the Illinois Supreme Court. Amici urged the court to uphold the Illinois Appellate Court decision overturning the trial court’s conviction of 15-year-old Ronald Patterson and suppressing his…

Competence

A juvenile’s competence to stand trial ties together the most recent adolescent development research with long-standing notions of fundamental due process. The National Juvenile Defense Standards, Standard 1.7 Role of Counsel Regarding Competence of Youth to Stand Trial provides that “[defense] [c]ounsel must be able to recognize when the client may not by competent to…