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Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization

    Localized

  • Oversight

    No oversight

Utah provides counsel to indigent youth through a county-based and county-funded system that includes contract attorneys, legal aid organizations, and private attorneys appointed from a panel. Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Utah state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

A juvenile may waive his or her right to counsel as long as it knowing and voluntary. Juveniles under 14 cannot waive this right outside of the presence of his or her parent, guardian, or custodian.

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

    Under 14

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Utah, 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; 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 Utah, this topic is governed by both juvenile statutes and juvenile court rules. State statute provides procedures to determine indigency. 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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