Happy Friday! This week there are few additions, but we have two new training/networking events to share, the new weekly tip, and reminders for upcoming deadlines below.
Tip of the Week – Discovery
The Juvenile Code has similar discovery rules to those followed in adult criminal court. Though Juvenile Court is in District Court, most jurisdictions understand that discovery transfer is a practice for both misdemeanors and felonies in Juvenile Court. Even if there’s an “automatic discovery” rule in your jurisdiction, you should always file a motion to receive discovery. Note that the state may also file a reciprocal motion, which may impact your decision on presenting expert opinion testimony or reports.
Registration for the “2019 Regional Training for Indigent Defense: Special Issues in Felony Cases” is now open to IDS contract attorneys and to privately assigned counsel representing indigent clients. The training will focus on special issues in felony cases and include a two hour session on gangs. The Regional Training will be held on Thursday, March 21 at the East Carolina Heart Institute (ECHI) at ECU, located at 115 Heart Drive, Greenville, NC 27834. The training will take place in the Conference Room beginning at 12:45 p.m. Free parking is available in the visitor lots adjacent to ECHI as well as the Family Medicine building next door. Refreshments will be provided. To register and to find additional program information, visit their course page here. The registration deadline for the Regional Training is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18. The registration fee is $95.00, which includes materials, CLE credit, and snacks. The training will offer 3.0 hours of general CLE credit. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Program Attorney, Austine Long at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.962.9594 or Program Manager, Tanya Jisa at email@example.com or 919.843.8981.
Save the Date! The Southern Juvenile Defender Center will be hosting its 9th Annual Regional Summit on June 7th & 8th in New Orleans this year. More details should arrive soon, but please contact Randee Waldman or Richard Pittman with questions.
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) is accepting applications for its Youth in Custody Certificate Program, to be held July 22 – 26 at Georgetown University in partnership with Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators. This training is designed to help juvenile justice system leaders and partners improve improve outcomes for youth in custodial settings, covering critical areas including racial and ethnic disparities, family engagement, assessment, case planning, facility-based education and treatment services, reentry planning and support, and culture change. Please apply by April 12.
The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) is now accepting applications to the 2019 Youth Justice Leadership Institute! The Institute is a year-long fellowship program focused on developing a strong base of well-prepared and well-equipped advocates and organizers who reflect the communities most affected by juvenile justice system practices and policies. This program is geared towards individuals of color working as professionals in the juvenile justice field, who may also be young adults who are system survivors themselves, or family members of someone in the system. Each year, 10 fellows from across the country are selected to develop their leadership and advocacy skills in the context of a robust curriculum around youth justice reform. The fellowship is completed concurrently with fellows’ current employment, so fellows do not have to leave their jobs to participate in the Institute. The fellowship includes two fully financed retreats, mentoring and frequent distance learning opportunities. Interested in learning more about the Institute, or know someone who might be? NJJN will be hosting two informational webinars on March 21 and April 4, led by the Institute’s coordinator, Diana Onley-Campbell. To learn more or apply, find additional info here, or please register for one of the informational webinars here. The deadline to apply for the fellowship will be 11:59 p.m. on April 29th.
That is all we’ve got for you this week. There should be a few more announcements and additional details to add to the info above in the coming weeks. Continue to check us out on Twitter and Facebook throughout the week for other juvenile justice-related articles and more.