BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

The Office of the Juvenile Defender is hiring another Assistant Juvenile Defender to join our team. The position will be based in Western NC and will consult with trial and appellate counsel; perform district site evaluations; perform contract evaluations; educate defenders on changes in the law…amongst other things.

Interested? Feel free to contact our office and Eric Zogry at 919-890-1650.

Want to apply? Here’s the link. Posting available until December 8th.

Week in Review: Nov 11-15

What a cold week we had here in North Carolina. Where did Fall go?

We are 17 days away from the implementation of Raise the Age! The countdown from 100 years has been LONG! 😀

Legislative Updates!

There were a few updates for 2019 juvenile justice legislation. Read about them here.

RAISE THE AGE TIP!

How Will Probable Cause Be Different for 16 and 17 Year Olds?

Currently for 13, 14 and 15 year olds, if the court finds probable cause, the court must also have a transfer hearing before determining whether a juvenile should be transferred (except for First Degree Murder, which must be transferred if probable cause is found).  The probable cause hearing must be held within 15 days of first appearance but may be continued for good cause.

For 16 and 17 year olds charged with a Class A through G offense, if the court finds probable cause, the court must transfer the case to superior court.  Another important difference is that the probable cause hearing must be held within 90 days of first appearance but may be continued for good cause.

For 16 and 17 year olds charged with a Class H or I offense, the court must have both a probable cause hearing and a transfer hearing before transferring the juvenile to superior court.

TRAINING!

We have a RADIO GUEST STAR IN THE OFFICE!!

Austine was invited to interview at North Carolina Central University’s School of Law podcast, The Legal Eagle alongside Dorothy Hairston Mitchell. Dorothy is the Clinical Assistant Professor and Supervising Attorney at the Juvenile Law Clinic at NCCU. They spoke about juvenile justice and Raise the Age, both very important issues.

Want to check out that interview, visit Legal Eagle Sunday at 7 PM.

LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST!

Join us on Twitter & Facebook for a Town Hall regarding Raise The Age. Want us to answer a specific question or simply join in on the conversation? Use the hashtag #RaiseTheAgeNC !

Week in Review: Nov 4-8

Before we begin.

With respect and gratitude to those who have served and are serving today, The Office of the Juvenile Defender salute you for your service and sacrifice.

The leaves are falling and it’s getting colder, but Raise the Age is just heating up. The Office of the Juvenile Defender is completing training all across the state, have you attended?

A quick reminder about fee applications…Any offense originally charged as a Class E through I felony disposed of in juvenile court after December 1, 2018 is paid at $60 per hour.  For more information about privately assigned counsel rates, click here

RAISE THE AGE TIP OF THE WEEK

Where Can I Find the Law on RTA?

If you want to see the Session Laws which include the Raise the Age changes, see:

  • Senate Bill 413: 2019 Session Amendments to the RTA Bill (Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act)
  • Senate Bill 257: The final bill budget for Session Law 2017; info pertaining to the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act can be found on pages 309-325

You can also check out the NC General Assembly website.  Look under “Bills and Laws,” then “General Statutes.”  You can search by citation or test, or you can look at Chapter 7B under the Table of Contents, and see the most recent changes to statute text on the right side of the statute.

UPCOMING EVENT!

The questions will also be posted on our Facebook page “North Carolina Office of the Juvenile Defender” as well!

Resource!

Juvenile Justice Service Directory: A directory of services to aid in alternative solutions.

Photo Recap!

Eric speaking to the Orange County Bar Association and Austine presenting in Salisbury on Raise the Age!

MAKE SURE YOU CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK FOR MORE OJD NEWS!

Week in Review: Oct 28 – Nov 1

Happy November! Today marks the official 30 day countdown to #RaiseTheAgeNC. For all the Game of Thrones fans out there, The Long Night is almost over! It feels like we’ve been counting down for the longest.

OJD has been working hard to make sure all of our content is up to date to provide our defenders with the most accurate information to successfully take care of our NC youth. Raise the Age will bring challenges to many, but serve so many more. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to making this possible!

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Looking for RTA Resources?

Check www.ncjuveniledefender.com under the “Raise The Age” tab.  We’ve got links to statutes, brief and extended reviews of the law, charts and PowerPoints.  We also have a special section for materials geared specifically for defenders.  Just contact Latobia.S.Avent@nccourts.org for details.

Take a Peek at Halloween with NCJC!

NJDC JUVENILE DEFENDER LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

Austine & Mario (our Contracts Specialist at IDS) went down to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and was able to take a part in a weekend of workshops, networking and fun. Not saying that we’re jealous, but we are. Take a look at some of the photos:

RFP Meetings

Next week starts an extensive set of RFP meetings throughout NC to discuss the NC Public Defense System The meeting is for Defenders, Judges, Clerks and those who are interested in learning more about what public defense does for our NC residents. Contact Mario Richardson here for any information you may need regarding the dates and times nearest you.

THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK! MAKE SURE YOU CHECK BACK NEXT FRIDAY FOR MORE!

Surprise Post!!

We already gave you your week in review (don’t forget to give a read!!)

BUT!!!!

We cannot go without a GIANT HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our OJD Leader and Juvenile Defender for over 15 years, Eric Zogry!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC!!!

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!

Happiest of birthdays to Mario Richardson as well!! Mario is the Contracts Administrator for IDS and a vital part of making sure our Defenders are taken care of. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIO!!!

Week in Review: Oct 21-25

Happy Friday! Can you believe October is almost over and we are 38 days away from the implementation of Raise the Age? This week, to mark the countdown, we are providing a few resources about what’s coming. BUT FIRST!

TIP OF THE WEEK!!

When Should I Receive the Disposition Report? 

You should try to receive the disposition report prior to the dispositional hearing to review with your client.  If possible, try to get a copy of the report at least several days prior to the hearing.  While there is no statutory authority compelling the receipt from the intake counselor, there are local rules which suggest time periods.

Austine flew to Palm Springs to take part in the Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit hosted by the NJDC and we may not or may not be jealous! More pictures coming soon!

RESOURCES:

The NJDC released a new fact sheet on Wednesday, Eliminating Shackling in Juvenile Court: Continuing the Momentum. You can read the fact sheet here and below for a snippet:

Experts agree: shackling harms children; it causes trauma; interferes with participation in their own defense; impedes procedural justice; and biases judges.

  • From 2014-2017 18 states shifted their policies and disallowed the indiscriminate shackling of youth in juvenile court
  • 19 states still allow automatic shackling of youth in juvenile court

NJDC urges the remaining states that have yet to create a presumption against the automatic use of restraints to do so swiftly.

Strategies for Youth also released a press release about SROs in schools which SFY found that SROs are not adequately trained nor supervised through a survey of state laws, you can read the Executive Summary here.

A new blog post by Jacquelyn Green on the School of Government’s website is live and talking about Raise the Age. The blog contains answers to some of those commonly asked questions. You can read her post here.

THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK! THANKS FOR READING!!