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Delaware: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings


‘Delaware: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings’, released by the National Juvenile Defender Center, states that the quality of defense counsel for children in Delaware remains deeply concerning even as the state makes significant headway on juvenile justice reform, according to a report released today by the National Juvenile Defender Center.

The report is based on interviews, observation, and research conducted by a team of expert investigators who analyzed Delaware Family Courts over a span of months. While promising practices have been implemented statewide, there is still a troubling absence of advocacy for youth both in and outside of the courtroom. Children are often needlessly pulled deeper into the justice system with little regard for the collateral effects of court involvement.

The report urges Delaware to address the pervasive racial disparities in the system; end practices that disrupt due process for children, such as holding court hearings via videoconference; and establish juvenile defense leadership and practice units to build a dedicated cadre of lawyers who specialize in the representation of youth.

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North America - United States

Year Language

2017 English

Category Type

Grey Literature Report


Court, Delinquency, Justice, Juvenile


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