Welcome back to another blog with OJD! Easy week with us, Eric & Austine took on Greensboro with an informative and necessary Raise the Age & Juvenile Basics CLE and the office is preparing vital information for our defenders as we get closer to the big day. Friday Fact: Today, October 10, is #WorldMentalHealthDay . According to The National Alliance on Mental Illness: 20% of youth ages 13-18 live w/ a #mentalhealth condition and 70% of youth in state & local juvenile justi
Happy Friday Defenders! If only we could look as relaxed as this baby right? As we get close to the start date of Raise the Age, OJD is working hard to provide defenders with tangible, useful information to aid your juveniles and their case. Be on the lookout for just HOW OJD has you covered. JOB OPPORTUNITY! The Office of Indigent Services
(IDS) is seeking a Legal Associate, direct reporting to the Deputy Director.
Responsibilites include: Review correspondence from clients
Hello again! This week there is a new tip and just the single training reminder. Please make sure to subscribe to the OJD blog and follow our OJD Twitter and Facebook pages as well to get updates, relevant articles, and other juvenile defense-related content throughout the week! Tip of the Week – Getting Rid of Those Shackles Ask that the hearing occur prior to the juvenile entering the courtroom Request that both the hand and leg shackles be removed Hold the court to the t
Tip of the Week – Was Your Client Properly Served? N.C.G.S. §7B-1805 requires that both the juvenile and the parent be personally served. It is not permissible for the juvenile’s summons to be given to the parent or another person. If your client does not appear in court, make sure to check the court file for proper service. If your client was not personally served (i.e. the parent is in court and was served with your client’s summons) advocate that the juvenile not be fou
Happy Friday once again! This week there are the normal reminders along with a new tip and one other announcement…. We are proud to officially introduce the newest member of the OJD team, Project Attorney Monique Williams. Coming from the Pitt County Public Defender Office, Monique joined the OJD team earlier this year to help facilitate OJD’s State Enhancement Program. As project attorney, she has collaborated with the National Juvenile Defender Center to coordinate our r
Happy Friday! This week we have a new job opportunity to share, the usual reminders, and the new tip of the week. And we included this last week, but just in case you missed it, please note that the application period for specialization in juvenile defense started on the 1st of this month and continues until July 2! If you know someone or if you yourself are interested in specializing in the juvenile defense arena, please visit the N.C. State Bar Legal Specialization page.
NJDC’s Amanda Powell engages in discussion with trainees With Raise the Age’s full implementation now only several months away, OJD has been diligent in rolling out its North Carolina Juvenile Defender State Enhancement Program (SEP). As part of this initiative, from Apr. 24 – 26 the Office of Juvenile Defender (OJD) partnered with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) to teach 10 dedicated N.C. juvenile defense attorneys NJDC’s Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JT
Happy Friday! This week there are just lots of reminders, so please note every deadline as many are approaching in the next week, and there is one new job opportunity and a new tip for you. Tip of the Week – North Carolina’s Juvenile Sex Offender Registry North Carolina has a separate, non-public sex offender registry for juveniles. The court may only register a juvenile if: they are 11 years or older at the time of the offense have been adjudicated of first degree rape or
Happy Friday and Happy Passover! This week we have a new tip, a new post from the School of Government and another community event worth noting, a couple of new resources, and approaching deadlines for and updates to training and job opportunities. Tip of the Week – Discovery Defenders – you have a statutory right to discovery in all of your juvenile cases (§7B-2300-2303). Don’t be afraid to use it! Some jurisdictions provide it without a motion, but it’s never bad practic
Welcome to your new Friday! This week we have a new fellowship, even more training announcements, a new tip, and the standard reminders. Tip of the Week – Juveniles and SORNA (Sex Offender Registry & Notification Act) If your client has been adjudicated or admitted to a sex offense, be sure to advise him/her about possible collateral consequences of SORNA (Sex Offender Registry and Notification Act). Even though NC doesn’t have a mandatory juvenile registry, if your client
The Southern Juvenile Defender Center (SJDC) proudly announces the ninth annual Regional Summit, taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 7-8, 2019. You’re invited to come together with your colleagues from across the Southern states to participate in this one-of-a-kind program. If interested in attending, please register here for the Summit before May 13. For out-of-state attorneys, partial scholarship assistance is available to cover lodging expenses on first-come, fi
Happy Friday! This week we have a special shout-out, a new tip, and new training and job opportunities to share. Tip of the Week – My Client Was Adjudicated in One County But Resides in Another If your client was adjudicated in a county other than the county of residence, usually the case will be transferred to the county of residence. However, the case can remain in the first county if the juvenile is in residential treatment or foster care there, or if the court decides t
The end of another week and another week in review at the close of March 2019! This week we are bringing a new tip, a relevant blog post, and some reminders from the past weeks. Please note upcoming deadlines! Tip of the Week – School Searches Was your client searched at school? Was the SRO (school resource officer) involved? The lower standard for school officials only applies if: the SRO was involved at the request of the school official; involvement was minimal relativ
Hello again and Happy Friday! This week we’ve got a new training announcement, a job opportunity, the tip of the week, and reminders for previously mentioned opportunities. Tip of the Week – My Client is in Detention… How Do I Find Them? There are currently eight detention centers in North Carolina: Alexander Juvenile Detention Center in Taylorsville Cabarrus Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Concord Cumberland Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Fayetteville New Hanov
The North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Juvenile Justice & Children’s Rights, Education Law, Criminal Justice Sections, and Minorities in the Profession Committee are proud to present the Racial Equity Institute’s (REI) “Groundwater Presentation: An Introduction to Racial Equity”! This free event will take place on May 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bar Center (8000 Weston Parkway). More information and a link for registration will be available soon, but if you have any questi
Happy Friday! This week there are few additions, but we have two new training/networking events to share, the new weekly tip, and reminders for upcoming deadlines below. Tip of the Week – Discovery discovery rules to those followed in adult criminal court. Though Juvenile Court is in District Court, most jurisdictions understand that discovery transfer is a practice for both misdemeanors and felonies in Juvenile Court. Even if there’s an “automatic discovery” rule in your
Welcome back! This week we’re bringing attention to an update on our “Materials” page, a new tip, a fellowship opportunity, and training announcements. Tip of the Week – Was Your Client’s Parent Present? Any juvenile under the age of 16 must have a parent present for any in-custody interview. Any statement made without the parent’s presence is not admissible into evidence (§7B-2101(b)). Remember – “in-custody” is an objective test and uses the “reasonable juvenile” standard!
Happy Friday! This week we’ve got a new tip, a new training, a podcast related to an event covered on last week, and the usual reminders. Tip of the Week – Secure Custody and Burden of Proof Training The Office of the Juvenile Defender will be hosting a Juvenile Court Basics CLE on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Cumberland County Courthouse. Assistant Juvenile Defender Kim Howes will be discussing the role of counsel, how to communicate with juvenile clients, d
Happy Friday. This week we’ve got a new tip, but mostly deadline reminders. Quite a few deadlines happening today actually… Tip of the Week – Can I Ask for a Prosecutorial Deferral Yes! Prosecutors may dismiss a case with or without leave. Note that AOC-J-430 provides space for conditions or other agreements in exchange for the dismissal. Job Opportunities Today is the last day to apply for the National Center for State Courts (NCSC)‘s Principal Court Management Consultan
Salutations and thank you for joining us again! This week, in addition to the invaluable Tip of the Week and necessary reminders, we’ve got a new job posting. Also, please note that many deadlines job applications and event dates are approaching within the next week! Tip of the Week – Calculations Matter Make sure you calculate your client’s delinquency history correctly. It is reversible error if you do not advise your client of the most serious disposition s/he is expose