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50 Years of Gault

May 15, 2017, will mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark In re Gault Supreme Court decision. Join the National Juvenile Defender Center and its partners in commemorating Gault at 50 and championing children’s right to counsel.

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What is Gault?

In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967), was a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that ensured the right to a lawyer for children accused of crimes in juvenile court. The ruling also provided other due process rights, including the right to be notified of the charges, the right to cross-examine witnesses, and the right to not have to make a statement against oneself.

Countdown to 50

The In re Gault decision came down on May 15, 1967. In May of 2016 we launched a public awareness campaign leading up to the decision’s 50th anniversary in 2017 to ensure the promise of Gault is a reality for all children.

In re Gault was a giant step forward for the rights of children. Yet, due to inconsistent enforcement and lack of awareness, the due process rights of our children in delinquency court are not protected. We’ve come a long way, but we have a long way to go.

1million

juvenile delinquency cases each year

31

states have no laws saying how young is too young to prosecute a child

21

states do not restrict shackling of children in juvenile court

33

states do not allow jury trials in juvenile court

Upcoming Events

The National Juvenile Defender Center and its allies and partners will be commemorating the Gault decision in the run up to the 50th anniversary. Find an event below.

  • Mar 3, 2017 - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

    Women and Law Retreat

    The Women and Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association is hosting its Annual Retreat and CLE at the Atlantic Sands Hotel, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. One CLE panel will focus on juvenile justice and the 50th anniversary of In re Gault.
  • Mar 3, 2017 - Seattle, Washington

    The Defender Initiative 7th Annual Conference on Public Defense

    The promises of the Gault and Gideon decisions remain only partially fulfilled. Six weeks into a new federal administration, we will review how we can more fully implement the right to counsel, focusing on issues affecting juveniles and young adults.
  • Mar 6, 2017 - Lexington, Kentucky

    In re Gault: 50 Years Later

    To commemorate the 50th anniversary of In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967), the program will give the audience a look back at the landmark United States Supreme Court decision, which established a right to counsel in juvenile delinquency cases, as well as a glimpse at current issues facing the juvenile justice system.
  • Apr 20, 2017 - Denver, Colorado

    Gault at 50: What Difference Does a Lawyer Make?

    Join the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center, Colorado Office of the Public Defender, Colorado Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel & Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative for a free symposium addressing the current state of access to qualified counsel.
  • Apr 21, 2017 - Houston, Texas

    Southwest Juvenile Defender Center’s 16th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference: Gault @ 50

    The Southwest Juvenile Defender Center is hosting its 16th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference: Gault @ 50 on April 21 and 22, 2017, at the University of Houston Law School.
  • Apr 21, 2017 - Memphis, Tennessee

    Gault at 50 Symposium

    Statewide symposium in Tennessee examining the legacy of In re Gault. More details to come.
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