Applying Principles of Adolescent Development in Delinquency Proceedings

August 16, 2017


In partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the State Justice Institute (SJI), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) released the bench card Applying Principles of Adolescent Development in Delinquency Proceedings outlines key principles and research on adolescent development that judges should consider and integrate at each stage of a child's case. Important judicial considerations and practical guidance is offered to help judges translate those principles into practice in the courtroom,with sample questions and colloquies that can be utilized in judicial decision-making and interactions with youth in court.