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:


  • 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:

  • the right to notice of the charges;
  • the right to an attorney;EZ & Gault at Commission on IDS
  • the right to remain silent; and
  • 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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