What does the JDU team do when it receives juvenile charges?

The JDU team immediately gets to work on a comprehensive case plan for the client, including a thorough assessment of the juvenile’s background and social history, which allows the attorney to best advocate for the client’s individualized expressed interests.

The Unit works diligently to investigate disputed factual issues, advocates for diversion from the system if appropriate, attends all intake interviews with probation staff, requests records if necessary, files pre-trial motions and performs pre-adjudication and trial preparation. The interdisciplinary team approach continues throughout the life of the case until termination of the Court’s jurisdiction, which may include trial work, appeals, disposition planning, post-disposition advocacy and expungement.

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1. How do I apply for an attorney for a juvenile?
2. Can I apply for a juvenile attorney to attend a district justice’s hearing for a summary citation?
3. How do I get a juvenile attorney if I am a juvenile with charges directly filed in adult court?
4. What does the JDU staff consist of?
5. When does legal representation begin?
6. What does the JDU team do when it receives juvenile charges?
7. What are the goals of the JDU?
8. What is “your guide to juvenile court”?
9. What kind of training does the JDU staff have?
10. Does the JDU staff work with juvenile service providers?
11. How does the JDU staff communicate with system partners?