Happy New Year + 2019 In Review!

Happy New Year Readers! 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade and a bunch of new goals for OJD. We have so many plans to get the word out about Juvenile Justice (#JuvenileJustice) and what OJD has to offer the State of North Carolina and our current and future Defenders.

While you’re celebrating the start of a new journey, you can read about our 2019 as an office here. There’s a lot of great material that summarizes the hard work and dedication of a team of people who just want what’s best for our kids.

We look forward to serving North Carolina Defenders and our community in the new year. Feel free to send us an email or a quick call with anything you may need to #DefendChildren better this year.

Merry Christmas!

OJD has been on Holiday Break which means no Week in Review (unless you REALLY want to know about all the holiday food we ate!).

Enjoy these few days off with family, friends, and the one’s you love. Create memories, laugh and take a moment to appreciate your surroundings.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Eric, Kim, Austine and LaTobia.

Week in Review: Dec 16-20

Happy Friday Readers! We’re back with another Week in Review and a great Raise the Age Tip for you. The office has been buzzing with questions regarding procedure and changes due to RTA. What are some things you’ve run into since its implementation? Share with us in the comments.

RAISE THE AGE TIP OF THE WEEK!

Where Is My Client Being Held?

All juveniles under the 18 shall be held in a juvenile detention center or in a facility approved by the Juvenile Justice Section of the Division of Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice.  This also includes juveniles who have been transferred to superior court.  If a juvenile has been transferred to superior court and turns 18 while awaiting competition of the case, the juvenile is to be held in the custody of the sheriff where the charges arose.

Assistant Juvenile Defender Interviews

OJD has started the very hard processing of interviewing for our new Assistant Juvenile Defender. They’ll be positioned in the Western part of NC and will be working to establish a focal resource point for all things juvenile delinquency, community building and training. Can you tell we’re going to have a hard time choosing just one? Everyone is already amazing.

If you haven’t seen it already, take a look at Eric’s Holiday Video.

With less than a week away from Christmas, we hope you have all your shopping out the way. If not, be safe and grab a hot chocolate or two. Stay warm!

Week in Review: Dec 9-13

Happy Friday Readers! It’s been a quiet week for OJD as we prepare to interview our potential new Assistant Juvenile Defender! So many great candidates, this is going to be so tough! Good luck to everyone!

Defenders,

We have a new template motion available for you to use for your 16 & 17 year old clients who are in secure custody for an A-G felony petition. The motion may be used when requesting a secure custody hearing prior to the original 30 day review. You can find the motion here.

RAISE THE AGE TIP OF THE WEEK:

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.

Useful Resource Reminder:

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

Enjoy your weekend!!!

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 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.

DEFENDERS!

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!

RAISE THE AGE IS IN EFFECT!

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

(AND THE #RAISETHEAGENC WILL BE OFFICAL)!

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.