Week in Review: April 6-10

An early post as this is Easter weekend and Friday, OJD will be out of the office (well, the work from home one!). It may not feel like it, but we want to wish everyone a Happy Easter, thank you again for all that you do and to enjoy the weekend.


Tip of the Week – Secure Custody and Burden of Proof

If you have a client being held on a secure custody order – remember it’s the STATE’s burden to prove to the court, by clear and convincing evidence, that the juvenile should remain in custody AND no less intrusive alternative will suffice (§7B-1906(d)).  That means it’s not the court counselor’s role!  Ask the court for less restrictive means, for example electronic monitoring or house arrest.  If the court finds that your client should remain in custody, the court is bound by the criteria in §7B-1903 and must make written findings of fact.


ABA Civil Rights and Social Justice Section held their Reentry Planning for COVID-19 Releases webinar program and have posted those materials online for review. Click the link for the discussion with panelist Rebekah Almanzar, Stacey Borden, Wendy Petersen, Kate Vesely,  and Malia Brink. This is part of a multi-series presentation surrounding the impact of COVID-19 and criminal justice. You can register for the next series with the ABA here.


Did you hear? We have a PODCAST!

On your way to work, or maybe you’re on your way home, sitting in your office, or working from home? Take a listen to the revamped Office of the Juvenile Defender Podcast!

You can listen to the new podcast here on Soundcloud. Our first episode features Dorothy Hairson-Mitchell, Clinical Assistant Professor/Supervising Attorney Juvenile Law Clinic, NC Central University School of Law, Durham, NC

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!


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!


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.


Surprise Post!!

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


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



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!!!

OJD Week in Review: October 1-5

Happy October! The first week of the month was pretty easy for OJD. We spent time preparing for RTA & Juvenile Basics CLE training in Greensboro (which is on October 10). Please reach out to our office if you’re interested in attending.

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.”


No Cookie Cutter Dispositions!

Remember – disposition MUST be tailored to your specific client (§7B-2500) – don’t be afraid to argue against “cookie cutter” plans. For example – if your client has no known drug/alcohol history, why should s/he be subject to random drug screens as part of probation? Ask your client if s/he hunts – depending on the charge your client was adjudicated for, consider requesting the prohibition against weapons be waived if s/he is hunting with a responsible adult.


The Office of Indigent Services (IDS) is seeking a Legal Associate, direct reporting to the Deputy Director. Responsibilites include:

  • Review correspondence from clients and draft responses under direction of legal staff.
  • Assist office manager and Deputy Director in revising record retention policy and implementing digital record retention policy.
  • Manage IDS website content in coordination with Deputy Director, state defenders, fiscal staff, and IT director.

For a full description and to apply, visit here.

That’s it for this week. We hope you have a safe weekend, enjoy the upcoming fall weather if you already aren’t, and remember, we are on Twitter (@NCOJD) and Facebook (NC Office of the Juvenile Defender). See you Monday!

OJD Week In Review: August 5-9, Short But Sweet

It’s August, and things can get a little slow at OJD, but we do have a few highlights for you.  Hope to see folks at the Annual Conference today!

Tip of the Week

Transcript of Admission Tips 

Filling out a transcript of admission on any admission of a new offense is important for several reasons.  It memorializes the record of admission in writing if subject to an appeal.  Reviewing the transcript with your client helps your client better understand the admission and the rights s/he is asserting or waiving.  Make sure you complete the transcript with your client present and do so in a confidential space. Consider making a copy of the transcript to keep at the attorney table to help your client answer questions.  Stand with your client when the court asks your client the listed questions and be prepared to confer with your client if any issues arise.

If you missed it, check out out Guest Blogger: David Andrews, Office of the Appellate Defender

David Andrews

Also, if you haven’t, check out IDS’ Facebook page, full of great information, in particular the personal testimonies of public defenders, and follow IDS on Twitter.

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Sign Up for the 2019 Annual Juvenile Defender Conference!

There is still time to register for the 2019 Juvenile Defender Conference! You can register at https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/juvenile-defender-conference (Juvenile Defender Conference). The conference, cosponsored by the School of Government and the Office of Indigent Defense Services, offers approximately six hours of CLE credit and feature speakers from across the state. The agenda is posted on the conference webpage, shown above. The registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26.