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Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization

    Statewide

  • Oversight

    Partial oversight

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

Waiver of counsel, 2014

A waiver of the right to counsel by a juvenile must be made in writing unless made in the court on record or made in the presence of the juvenile's parent(s).

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

    No restrictions

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Delaware, an attorney for a juvenile can be appointed at the following points in the process: Detention Hearing / First Court Appearance / Arraignment; 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

Indigency is judicially determined. Court can / must appoint attorney for juvenile if non-indigent parent refuses to pay for juvenile's attorney.

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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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