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Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization

    Statewide

  • Oversight

    No oversight

Vermont provides counsel to indigent youth through a state-funded system of public defender offices, contract attorneys, and appointed attorneys, all coordinated through the Office of the Defender General. Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Vermont state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

A juvenile 13 years old or older may waive his or her right to counsel providing that the waiver is knowingly and voluntarily made after a consultation with an attorney.

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

    Under 13

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Vermont, 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: Legislatively

In Vermont, juvenile indigency law is determined by juvenile statutes, family court rules, adult statutes, administrative orders of the state Supreme Court, which provide a standard for determining indigency and several useful definitions. Indigent defense training available for appointed counsel. Juveniles are legislatively presumed indigent.

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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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