Topic Archive: Disposition

Juvenile Restitution Statutes

In many juvenile courts, youth may be ordered to pay restitution – i.e. money to compensate victims for the expenses they incurred due to the child’s delinquent act – as part of the child’s disposition. Each jurisdiction has its own statutes, rules, and case law governing how, to what extent, when, and under what conditions…

Florida Juvenile Rules Amendments

Since 2006 the release of the National Juvenile Defender Center Assessment’s Florida: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings, advocates in Florida have made the following changes to the Florida Rules Juvenile Rules in order to ameliorate impediments to effective juvenile defense. The changes outlined below can be found in…

Disposition

Juvenile 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…

In re Gault

  This decision was the turning point for the rights of juveniles in U.S. Courts. It was the first time that the Supreme Court held that children facing delinquency prosecution have many of the same legal rights as adults in criminal court, including the right to an attorney, the right to remain silent, the right…

State Assessments

A cornerstone of the National Juvenile Defender Center’s work is to understand how juvenile defense is delivered around the country and to support excellence in the provision of those services. As part of that work, NJDC conducts state-specific assessments of youth access to, and the quality of, juvenile defense counsel when they come in contact…