National Juvenile Defender Center (DC)

Non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense.
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Primary geographic focus: NATIONAL
Organization type(s): Research/Policy/Organizing

The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) was created in the late ’90s to respond to the critical need to build the capacity of the juvenile defense bar and to improve access to counsel and quality of representation for children in the justice system. NJDC gives juvenile defense attorneys a permanent and enhanced capacity to address practice issues, improve advocacy skills, build partnerships, exchange information, and participate in the national debate over juvenile crime.

NJDC provides support to public defenders, appointed counsel, law school clinical programs, and non-profit law centers to ensure quality representation in urban, suburban, rural, and tribal areas. NJDC also offers a wide range of integrated services to juvenile defenders, including training, technical assistance, advocacy, networking, collaboration, capacity building, and coordination.



News Story

Study: Juvenile justice in Arizona suffers from uneven legal representation, high fees

Mary Jo Pitzl
Arizona Republic
September 25, 2018
Although legal representation is supposed to be free for indigent families, "nothing in juvenile court is free — not the attorney, probation, shelter care, detention, treatment or other ordered services," according to the report.

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