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Juvenile defenders live the promise of Gault every day. But far too many people in America are unaware that in our system of “justice,” children are often denied their constitutional right to an attorney in juvenile court.

Gault at 50 is a public awareness campaign: we are building a coalition of Gault ambassadors, both within the juvenile justice field and outside of it, to demand justice for youth and bring the issue of children’s indigent defense into the national dialogue around juvenile justice reform, civil rights, and racial justice.

The purpose of the Campaign Toolkit is to provide a roadmap for localizing the Gault campaign and the issue of children’s access to counsel. It includes resources such as social media messaging, a sample press release, and a sample outreach email to encourage partners to sign onto the Statement of Principles. Spread the word on Gault in your town or state: it’s time to fulfill the promise!

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Questions or Thoughts?

Press and Media Inquiries:
Sarah Edwards
Development and Communications Manager

Campaign Inquiries:
Christina Gilbert
Staff Attorney and Policy Counsel

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.


juvenile delinquency cases each year


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


states do not restrict shackling of children in juvenile court


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.

  • May 31, 2017 - Columbus, Ohio

    13th Annual Ohio Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit

    This year, for the 13th annual summit, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision In re Gault and the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Ohio's In re C.S., which strengthened the right to counsel for Ohio’s youth.
  • Jun 2, 2017 - Atlanta, Georgia

    SJDC 7th Annual Regional Summit: Gault at 50

    The Southern Juvenile Defender Center is hosting its 7th Annual Regional Summit, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of In re Gault. The Summit will take place at Emory University School of Law.
  • Jun 11, 2017 - Washington, DC

    2017 Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy

    The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic are excited to announce a Call for Applications to the 2017 Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy.
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About NJDC

At the National Juvenile Defender Center, we promote justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense. NJDC was founded to guarantee every child facing prosecution in juvenile court is represented by an attorney who is specialized and trained to defend children.

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