Welcome to the Office of the Juvenile Defender. Our mission can be described in four parts: to provide services and support to defense attorneys, to evaluate the current system of representation and make recommendations as needed, to elevate the stature of juvenile delinquency representation, and to work with other juvenile justice actors to promote positive change in the juvenile justice system.
Our office is a part of the Office of Indigent Defense Services (IDS). IDS has a number of responsibilities, including: 1) overseeing the provision of legal representation to indigent defendants and others entitled to counsel under North Carolina law; 2) developing training, qualification, and performance standards to govern the provision of legal services to indigent persons; 3) determining the most appropriate methods of delivering legal services to indigent persons in each judicial district; and 4) providing services in the most cost-effective manner possible.
The attorneys we serve represent juveniles in the North Carolina Court System. Juvenile Court currently serves youth between the ages of 6 and 15 in North Carolina.
Contact us at:
The Office of the Juvenile Defender
PO BOX 2448
Raleigh NC 27602