Welcome to the Merriest Month of All (but really, Raise the Age December!) Sunday, December 1st marked the official start of the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act (Raise the Age :D) and OJD couldn’t be more proud or more excited about this change in NC law.
DEFENDERS PLEASE NOTE: “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
What Is the Process for Indictment?
Once a petition is filed against a juvenile, the prosecutor may submit the petition to a grand jury for indictment. Unlike in adult criminal court where the prosecutor submits a bill of information prior to charges being filed, in juvenile court the grand jury process starts after the formal charging process (petition filed) begins. If an indictment is handed down against the juvenile and the juvenile is given notice, the juvenile court must transfer the case to superior court.
Twitter Town Hall
On Monday, OJD hosted a Twitter Town Hall to discuss and answer questions about the many different facets of #RaiseTheAgeNC. Take a brief look at some of the questions and if you have any answers, comment on this post and let us know!
NEW AOC FORMS
New Juvenile forms (J- forms) were posted to nccourts.gov on Monday which means there are new forms for our defenders to know about. These will also be listed on our Forms Page, but you can visit the updated list here.
We have an amazing new resource for you! If you attend an IDS / OJD sponsored training, you’ll receive one of these amazing Raise the Age Quick Guides!
That’s all for this first week of December! Stay tuned for update and information brought to you by the Jolly OJD Office!