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Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization

    Localized

  • Oversight

    No oversight

Idaho provides counsel to indigent youth through a county-based system which includes public defenders and contract attorneys. Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Idaho state profile for more details

Waiver of counsel, 2014

A juvenile may waive his or her right to counsel as long as the court is satisfied that it was intelligently made and the that the best interest of the juvenile does not require the appointment of counsel.

  • 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 Idaho, an attorney for a juvenile can be appointed at the following points in the process: Custodial Questioning / Talk with Intake Officer; Detention Hearing / First Court Appearance / Arraignment; Loss of Freedom / Institutionalization / Commitment / Imprisonment; 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

Idaho indigency law is governed by both juvenile statute and juvenile court rule, which provide a determination of indigency. By statute, special juvenile law education / training / experience/ program for appointed juvenile counsel. Indigency is judicially determined. Court can / must appoint attorney for juvenile if there is a conflict of interest between the juvenile and the parent. Court can / must appoint attorney for juvenile if parent cannot be located / parent refuses to go to juvenile. Specialized juvenile training available or required.

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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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