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Honoring Gault: Ensuring Access to Counsel in Delinquency Proceedings

Honoring Gault: Ensuring Access to Counsel in Delinquency Proceedings

PUBLICATION YEAR

2017

RESOURCE TYPES

Fact Sheets

COURT TYPES

Unknown

Resource Description

In partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Juvenile Defender Center released “Honoring Gault: Ensuring Access to Counsel in Delinquency Proceedings,” an information card to promote judicial leadership in fulfilling children’s constitutional right to representation in juvenile court.

This information card highlights due process and the right to counsel; ethical standards; and key elements of ensuring meaningful access to counsel for juveniles at the initial appointment.

Every jurisdiction is different and has different resources and laws governing whether children have access to counsel and at what stage in the proceedings. It is hoped that to the extent the recommendations cannot be fully implemented within your jurisdiction, they can at least set aspirational goals for changes in practice which, with judicial leadership, could be implemented in the future.

Access the bench card here.