BJA Right to Counsel Technical Assistance Website

American University, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance have partnered to support a website to “provide technical assistance to public defense providers to promote their enhanced ability to the ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defender System.”  The site includes publications and resources, as well as information about webinars and symposiums.

In a similar vein, the National Juvenile Defender Center and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association published Ten Core Principles for Providing Quality Delinquency Representation Through Public Defense Delivery Systems.

The right to counsel topic has been featured repeatedly on this blog, and with the coming implementation of Criminal Rule 25 on January 1, 2015, the hope is that yet more children will be represented by counsel during juvenile delinquency hearings.  Despite that, Indiana has a long way to go to ensure that every child, whether in a rural or urban setting, has access to trained, experienced defense counsel.

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