Topic Archive: Pleas

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…

Pleas

The majority of cases filed in delinquency court are resolved through a plea agreement. Pleas can be concerning if they are made after only the briefest of meetings between client and attorney, and with no time for adequate investigation, thought, or thorough discussion. Before a young client accepts a plea agreement, defenders must ensure the…

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…