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All About Gault: Updates, Talking Points, & Reminders

The countdown to “Gault at 50″ continues (less than 3 weeks to go!) and to keep everyone up-to-date, we’ve got a few reminders, tutorials and talking points to share below:

  1. The Gault at 50 page for NC will be updated frequently as more info about events and related news becomes available. Here is a link to the page:

  2. Please send Doodle letters to request “Gault at 50” to on the Google homepage to You can find a sample letter here.

  3. The Office of the Juvenile Defender will also be hosting a Twitter Town Hall on May 15 at noon using #Gault50NC (more to come on this very soon!)

  4. If you would like to get involved in the Twitter Town Hall but are in need of tutorials on how to use Twitter please check out these pages:





  1. For anyone who would like to give a digital or personal presentation, below is a detailed but concise explanation of Gault (feel free to personalize it if you wish):

“On May 15, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court granted due process rights to children in the landmark case of In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967). The case involved 15-year-old Gerald Gault, who was taken into police custody without notice to his parents, held for four days, and committed to a juvenile facility for a maximum of six years for making a prank phone call to his neighbor. He received no prior notice of the charges and was adjudicated delinquent following an informal hearing with a judge without any witnesses or representation by counsel. His case would spark outrage today but was the norm for juvenile proceedings at the time. When the Supreme Court reversed Gault’s adjudication, it transformed the nature of juvenile court by defining basic requirements of due process that now apply to all delinquency hearings. These rights include:

  1. the right to notice of the charges;

  2. the right to an attorney;

EZ & Gault at Commission on IDS
  1. the right to remain silent; and

  2. the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses.”

(Also if you do choose to create a presentation, be sure to email or Tweet pics or video/audio clips to us to share with the community!)



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