2013 -- Missouri
National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC)
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ABSTRACT & CITATION
What are the barriers to effective juvenile indigent defense? What barriers limit their access to counsel? This article explores such topics as they present themselves in Missouri delinquency courts. Forty years after the Supreme Court extended due process principles to delinquency proceedings in In re Gault, state systems continue to inadequately protect the most basic rights for juvenile defendants. The report criticly points out that due process for youth is knowingly set as a low priority in the greater discussion of system reform. The National Juvenile Defender Center partnered with the Central Juvenile Defender Center and the Missouri State Public Defender with the support of the Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court to exhaustively assess the state’s juvenile indigent defense system. The assessment began with repeated visits to the state for meetings with key stakeholders, policymakers, advocates, and defenders to identify the ideal locations for subsequent, in-depth site vists. Additionally, the Office of State Courts assisted the delivery of a self-report survey to all juvenile court judges with around a 50% response rate. As a product of this comprehensive methodology, 10 Recommendations were distilled and targeted towards all three branches of government. The report concludes with supportive implementation strategies for its recommendations.
National Juvenile Defender Center & Central Juvenile Defender Center. (2013). Missouri: Justice Rationed: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Juvenile Defense Representation in Delinquency Proceedings.Topics: Ethical and Professional Responsibilities, Funding, Juveniles, Supreme Court Decisions, Training
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