Week in Review: Dec 2-6

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 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!


As of Sunday 12/01/2019 at 12:00 AM the Raise the Age initiative is in effect. That means that any 16 and 17 year old who commit crimes (with exceptions) will no longer be charged as adults.

For more information about implementation, please feel free to contact the NC Office of the Juvenile Defender at 919-890-1650.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are so thankful to each and every one of you that visit our webpage for resources, tips, information and our blog. There’s no Week in Review this week, enjoy time with your families, friends and loved ones. We’ll see you back here next Friday


Well, maybe just a brief announcement OR 3:

Our Town Hall will go live on Twitter 12/2/2019 at 12 PM. Use the hashtag #RAISETHEAGENC to participate!

The Office of the Parent Defender is looking for a new Administrative Assistant for their Durham office!

Some responsibilities include:

  • Answer multi-line telephone system and forward calls and messages.
  • Photocopy and scan; data entry; and file management.
  • Format court records, briefs, motions, and other legal documents.

You can apply here.

OJD is still accepting applications for an Assistant Juvenile Defender. You can view our job posting here.

Hiring Update!

As you may know, OJD is looking for a new Assistant Public Defender. While the application link is live, there is an Online Employment Application Guide link underneath the Supplemental Information that is currently broken. This link is used on multiple NC websites and the web error has been communicated through appropriate channels.

While the broken link does not affect the application process, it is a guide on how to use the Government Jobs application system. If you are comfortable applying without the guide, please do not hesitate to do so. If you have any questions, please email me at LaTobia.S,Avent@nccourts.org. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

Week in Review: Nov. 18-22

Happy Friday Readers! It was a week full of travel and training, and surprisingly, decent weather from last weeks cold. THAT was exciting. Let’s see what OJD did this week. We also have an important messsage for defenders!


How Will Secure Custody Hearings Be Different for 16 and 17 Year Olds?

Currently, review of secure custody hearings are held every 10 days after the initial secure custody hearing.  For 16 and 17 year olds charged with a Class A through G offense, review of secure custody hearings are held every 30 days after the initial secure custody hearing.  However, the hearings may be held every 10 days on motion of the juvenile or the juvenile’s attorney for good cause shown.

DEFENDERS! (In our Captain America ‘Endgame’ voice)

The NC Court of Appeals released an unpublished opinion November 19th (In re: N.S., No. COA19-420) vacating an adjudication and disposition due to lack of jurisdiction. The petition in the matter was not marked approved for filing or signed by the juvenile court counselor. The court previously ruled in In re: T.K., 253 N.C. App. 443 (2017) , that in order for juvenile court to obtain subject matter jurisdiction, the petition must be marked “approved for filing” and signed by a court counselor. So defenders – check the back of the petition!!

Travel & Training

Monday, Kim & Austine traveled to Chapel Hill and visited the UNC School of Government. It was a day full of training on the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act and Kim did a mock transfer hearing in front of judges and magistrates. How exciting is that?

Tuesday, Austine traveled to Chowan County for a Raise the Age training presented by Mary Stansell and Brandon Belcher. It’s really important to reach out to our northern and western counties which is exactly what Austine has been doing. Take a look inside the training below.

Wednesday, Kim traveled to Lee County alongside Mario and Tom for an RFP meeting. The purpose of the RFP meeting is to discuss the implementation of the new uniform appointment plan and RFP renewals in the counties. Interested in knowing where your nearest RFP meeting will be? Contact Mario Richardson here.

Thursday, OJD met with IDS Executive Director Tom Maher and discussed our current projects and goals, showcasing recent deliverables and informational sources. We didn’t do too shabby! Thanks for visiting Tom!

We’re Hiring!

Don’t forget that OJD is hiring a new Assistant Juvenile Defender. The application is open until December 8th. Click here to review the role and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out.


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.


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.



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.


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 !