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Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization


  • Oversight

    Full oversight

New Hampshire provides counsel to indigent youth in delinquency proceedings through the New Hampshire Public Defender. Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's New Hampshire state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

A juvenile may waive his or her right to counsel when the juvenile is represented by a non-hostile parent, guardian, or custodian, both agree to waive counsel, and the court deems the waiver to be made competently, voluntarily and with full understanding of the consequences.

  • 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 New Hampshire, 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; 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

Both juvenile and adult statutes provide the legal authority for New Hampshire indigency law which provides a determination of 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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