What kind of training does the JDU staff have?

In addition to their professional law school doctorate, master’s level and/or bachelor level college degrees, licensures and years of experience, the Juvenile Defender Unit (JDU) staff actively attends training seminars sponsored by: 

  • Gideon’s Promise
  • The Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania
  • The National Juvenile Defender Center
  • The Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association
  • The Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission
  • The Public Defender’s Association of Pennsylvania

The training seminars are held to ensure that staff has the most up-to-date legal knowledge available in the juvenile justice community. The staff has also participated as course presenters and organized local juvenile defense legal training.

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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?