Category Archives: Right to Counsel

House Bill 1133 (2015) — Right to Counsel

HB 1133 (2015) would codify Indiana Criminal Rule 25, which is the appointment of counsel in juvenile delinquency cases rule.  While every child has long had the right to counsel under the Indiana juvenile code, both the rule and the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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U.N. Convention on the Rights of Children — Time for the U.S.

Twenty-five years ago, on November 20, 1989, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  To date, the only two nations that have not signed and ratified the document are Somalia and the United States. The Convention … Continue reading

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Revised Criminal Rule 25 — Early Appointment of Counsel

On October 30, 2014, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an order amending Indiana Criminal Rule 25, which will go into effect on January 1, 2015.  The original version of the rule was issued on December 18, 2013. One amendment is … Continue reading

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Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code Recommendations for 2015 Legislative Session

The Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code published the minutes from the October 6, 2014 meeting, which included several recommendations related to juvenile law: That legislation be filed in the next session requiring that the interrogation of juveniles … Continue reading

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Early Appointment of Counsel Implementation Manual

Since this blog started, there have been posts about the need for an early appointment of counsel rule in juvenile delinquency cases, and updates on that rule-making process.  For some background, see the Early Appointment of Counsel page at the … Continue reading

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More Money for Juvenile Defense and CASA’s?

Please let this be true that more money will come for indigent defense and CASA/GAL’s. As the Indiana Lawyer is reporting, rising caseloads and the implementation of Indiana Criminal Procedure Rule 25 will result in the need for millions of … Continue reading

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