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Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization

    Statewide

  • Oversight

    No oversight

Alaska provides counsel to indigent youth through the statewide Alaska Public Defender Agency. Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Alaska state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

In Alaska, the court must appoint counsel unless it makes a finding that the juvenile has made a voluntary, knowing, and intelligent waiver and a parent or guardian concurs with the waiver. If the case is one in which the alleged act would be a felony if committed by an adult, the court cannot accept the waiver unless the juvenile has consulted an attorney.

  • Restrictions on waivers
  • No restrictions
  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.
  • Age

    No restrictions

  • Crime

    Juveniles cannot waive right to counsel if alleged to have committed specified act that would be specified crime if committed by adult.

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Alaska, an attorney for a juvenile can be appointed at the following points in the process: Detention Hearing / First Court Appearance / Arraignment; Once a Petition is Filed / Hearing on the Petition; All Stages of Proceedings / All Critical States of Proceedings.

  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.

Indigency requirements, 2013

Indigency determination: Judicially

In Alaska, this topic is governed by both juvenile and adult statutes and juvenile and adult court rules. State statute provides procedures to determine indigency. Indigency is judicially determined.

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Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.

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