1967 - In re Gault

March 13, 2012

In honor of our 75th Anniversary, we're highlighting some ground-breaking events in the field of juvenile and family justice that have helped shape our organization's mission to provide every family and child with access to fair, equal, effective, and timely justice.

 
1967 - In re Gault was a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision which affirmed the necessity of requiring juvenile courts to respect the due process of law rights of juveniles during their proceedings.
 
The first juvenile court, founded in 1899 in Chicago, Illinois, adopted a parens patriae ("state as benevolent parent") approach to working with youth. Proceedings were essentially civil in nature, and handled delinquent offenses without concern for due process or even constitutional rights afforded adult offenders. In 1967, however, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision -- In re Gault -- held that juveniles do have certain rights when accused of a delinquent act:  a right to notice of the charges, a right to counsel, a right to confrontation and cross-examination, privilege against self-incrimination, a right to a transcript of the proceedings, and a right to appellate review. 
 
Click here to read more about the case and decision.
 
Join us throughout the year as we highlight a selection of our greatest accomplishments, and don't miss our 75th Anniversary Celebration this July at our Annual Conference in New Orleans
 
Click here to view a timeline of significant events throughout our 75-year history.
 
If you're looking for another way to join the celebration, make a donation to the Council in any of our 75th Anniversary Diamond Recognition Levels:
 
Precious Diamond Jubilee Club - $75 donation - donor receives a "75th Anniversary Donor" ribbon, recognition on Council website and at events throughout the year, special recognition at 75th Anniversary Celebration
 
Brilliance Diamond Jubilee Club - $750 donation - donor receives donor pin with diamond embellishment, recognition on Council website and at events throughout the year, special recognition at 75th Anniversary Celebration (can be a one-time donation, or pledged over the course of 2012)
 
Flawless Diamond Jubilee Club - $7,500 - donor receives donor pin with diamond embellishment, personalized award honoring your generosity, recognition on Council website and at events throughout the year, special recognition at and complimentary admission to 75th Anniversary Celebration party (can be a one-time donation or pledged over the course of 5 years, at $1,500 a year)
 
*All donors will be recognized on our website, unless otherwise requested.
 
To donate to any of the Diamond Donor Club levels, visit our online donation page by clicking here, or please contact Letitia Jones at lejones@ncjfcj.org or call 775-784-6012.