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Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization

    Statewide

  • Oversight

    Partial oversight

Kentucky provides counsel to indigent youth through a statewide Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) that operates indigent defense offices in all counties. Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Kentucky state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

For a juvenile accused of committing any offense, before proceeding beyond notification of the right to counsel without representation, the court must conduct a hearing about the waiver and make specific findings of fact that the juvenile knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily waived his or her right to counsel.

  • 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

    Juveniles cannot waive right to counsel if possibility of specified placement(s).

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Kentucky, 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

Kentucky indigency law is governed by both juvenile and adult statutes, which provide a determination of indigency. Indigency is judicially determined. Court can / must appoint attorney for juvenile if non-indigent parent refuses to pay for juvenile's attorney. Court can / must appoint attorney for juvenile if there is a conflict of interest between the juvenile and the parent.

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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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