Week in Review: Jan 13-17

Happiest of Friday’s to you OJD readers! This week was full of meetings and trainings… AND INTERVIEWS! We narrowed down the candidates for the Assistant Juvenile Defender position and began the second round of interviews this week. We’re so excited to have a new attorney with us in the office, this is going to be a hard choice!

APPEALS TIP OF THE WEEK: Courtesy of David Andrews, Office of the Appellate Defender

  • When you appeal, do these things:
    • Make sure the juvenile has the right to appeal. Generally, the juvenile can appeal from a dispositional order.
    • Give proper and timely notice of appeal.
    • Prepare an appellate entries with all of the hearing dates and have the judge sign it on the day you give notice of appeal.
    • Ask the judge to stay the dispositional order.
    • If the dispositional order is not stayed and the order requires the juvenile to be placed in custody, argue that compelling reasons do not exist to keep the juvenile in custody during the appeal.
    • Make sure the clerk sends the recordings to the court reporter and the court file to the appellate attorney in a timely manner.

Public Defenders! Wonder what the rate is for your current cases? Click here for the IDS Rate Information & Calculators.

Upcoming Trainings:

Juvenile Defender Enhancement Training February 26, 2020 – Sponsored by the Office of the Juvenile Defender, this training will provide vital Juvenile Defense topics such as: Transfer Hearings, Raise the Age Advocacy and Addressing Trauma in Adolescents. We have guest speakers and are covering the CLE cost & reporting 6 CLE training hours.

Intensive Juvenile Defender Training, March 4-5, 2020 – Brought to you by the UNC School of Government. The training will offer approximately 12.75 hours of CLE credit, which includes one hour of ethics. The tentative agenda is posted on the course page. Final session times may vary depending on the schedules of the instructors. Click the link for more information!


Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL)

The Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL) in Durham, North Carolina has two openings for staff attorneys.

CDPL is a non-profit law firm and advocacy organization that works to provide the highest quality representation to people facing execution, and to end the death penalty in North Carolina.  CDPL is committed to diversity and racial equity and is an equal opportunity employer. 

For details about the positions and how to apply, please click here.

UNC School of Government

The UNC School of Government seeks a tenure-track assistant professor who will specialize in the field of criminal law. This position will be responsible for educating judicial officials on North Carolina criminal law. Click here for the announcement.

Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC)

Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC) is seeking a Staff Attorney for their Education Team with a Juvenile Justice and Race Equity Focus. The Staff Attorney will work to ensure equity in the education and criminal justice systems; represent students in special education, and school discrimination matters, including youth in juvenile detention facilities; train attorneys, advocates and other stakeholders; and participate in policy initiatives related to the school-to-prison pipeline.

Send a resume and detailed letter of interest explaining your qualifications and interest in the position to: virginia.fogg@disabilityrightsnc.org. Include Staff Attorney – Education in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please.

Wow! That was a LOT of information. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office and we can help! See you next week!

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.


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!


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.


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!!!

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.