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National Juvenile Defender Center: Juvenile Defender Guide, 2011

NCJ Number
Christy McGregor; Rosie Griffin; Shadae Miller; Vivian Hernandez; Yahshuah Ford
Emily Pelletier
Date Published
128 pages
This publication is a reference guide that contains a Table of Contents and Summaries of each item in the booklet.
Articles cover topics, such as the social science of language acquisition and impairment and its importance in the juvenile and criminal justice systems; the challenges of lawyering in juvenile court through an exploration of the competing interests and cultures of criminal defense, juvenile court, and the family; and the juvenile court culture and challenges for positive changes to the current system and culture. Other subjects covered include headings, such as Advocacy in Juvenile Court, Case Law Review, Child and Adolescent Development, Detention and Corrections, Ethics, Evidence and Fact-Finding, International Law, Juvenile Indigent Defense, Legislative Developments, Markers of Inequality, Mental Health, Resources for Youth, School-to-Prison Pipeline, Specific Offense Categories, Systemic Issues, Youth in Adult Court, and Advocacy in Juvenile Court. Also included is a series of California county protocols on determining juvenile competency to stand trial; this series of protocols was created by counties to guide courts, parties, and justice partners in handling competency issue.