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Week in Review: March 7-11

We're so happy to see you Friday! This was another week full of meetings and prep to get OJD on the road visiting as many of the 100 counties in NC and their courts, getting ready for an exciting announcement AND the 2022 Intensive Juvenile Defender Training (which we will recap next week!) Don't forget to set your clocks back Saturday night! Spring is coming!

Appeals Tip of the Week: Courtesy of David Andrews, Office of the Appellate Defender

Suppression motions and contested adjudicatory hearings – If the suppression motion is denied, object when the evidence is admitted at the adjudication hearing because the failure to do so creates a heavier burden on appeal. A pretrial ruling on a motion to suppress is “preliminary,” which means the juvenile must object when evidence is offered during the adjudication hearing. State v. Waring, 364 N.C. 443 (2010). The failure to object when the evidence is admitted subjects the argument to plain error review on appeal. State v. Stokes, 357 N.C. 220 (2003).

Save the Date Reminder!

The 12th Annual Southern Juvenile Defender Center Regional Summit will be June 2-4, 2022 in Montgomery, AL! To submit a RFP for workshop topics, click here:

For more information or questions, please contact Randee Waldman, Clinical Professor of Law, at

OJD on All Things Judicial

Did you know that NC Courts has a podcast? It's called All Things Judicial and it's a bi-monthly podcast about the important role of the North Carolina Judicial Branch in state government. OJD got invited to talk about our office and the changes that we have seen since Raise the Age was implemented. Our segment will be released at the end of the month but if you want to listen to any of their previous pods, click here.



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