Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys, L.L.C.
Utah Juvenile Defender Resource Center
Pamela Vickrey, Executive Director
Mission: Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys is dedicated to protecting juveniles’ constitutional rights by providing competent, zealous, and compassionate legal representation at all stages of juvenile delinquency proceedings and skillfully advocating for dispositions that best serve juveniles’ liberty and expressed interests, thereby promoting the fair and efficient administration of juvenile justice and strengthening the public’s trust in and respect for the rule of law.
Description: Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys (UJDA) is a single firm dedicated to the representation of juveniles charged with delinquent offenses resulting in involvement in the juvenile justice system.
Juveniles are not small adults. Their brains are not fully developed. As a result, they may make impulsive and often irrational decisions that can have severe consequences for themselves, their families, and their community. For this reason, juveniles need representation from an expressed interest attorney who understands the unique cognitive, physical and social development of juveniles as well as the nuances of the juvenile court system and the resources it has to offer young people. Expressed-interest representation of juveniles is a specialization different from any other type of representation. UJDA understands the unique needs of this population. UJDA also understands the goal of juvenile court is rehabilitation, ultimately resulting in safety for the youth we represent and the community in which we live.
The Utah Juvenile Defender Resource Center is run by UJDA, and focuses on providing training around the state in juvenile defense practice.Locale: Utah
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A roundup of publications news stories, and resources related to youth justice reform.
Utah Juvenile Justice Working Group Releases Recommendations to Improve Juvenile Justice System and Promote Better Public Safety Outcomes
The Utah Juvenile Justice Working Group submitted to state leaders a comprehensive set of data-driven policy recommendations designed to increase public safety, effectively hold juvenile offenders accountable, and focus juvenile justice system resources on youth who pose the greatest risk to public safety.
Two new member organizations in Utah and Vermont joined NJJN in June 2016.
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In an effort to limit the number of youth transferred to adult court, a new Utah law prohibits a judge from transferring a youth to adult court if there is clear and convincing evidence that such transfer would be contrary to the best interest of the youth and the public. The youth may present evidence and, in making his or her determination whether to transfer a youth, a judge must consider two new factors: the number and nature of the youth’s prior adjudications in juvenile court and whether public safety would be better served by keeping the youth in juvenile court or transferring the youth to adult court. H.B. 105/Act No. 186, signed into law March 27, 2013; effective May 14, 2013.
Utah eliminated the sentence of life without parole for most offenses committed by youth under age 18. The legislation was spurred by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama, although Utah was not required to change its sentences because it did not have any laws mandating life without parole sentences for youth. Individuals sentenced to life without parole for offenses committed when they were under age 18 are now eligible for parole review after 25 years. S.B. 228/Act No. 81, signed into law March 22, 2013; effective May 14, 2013.
Utah modified provisions relating to Utah Youth Courts, adding a requirement that youth courts must be certified in order to accept referrals, and allowing records of youth court proceedings to be shared only with the referring agency, the victim and the juvenile court. The law is a result of efforts to standardize the practices and program requirements of youth courts across the state. S.B. 119/Act No. 27, signed into law March 21, 2013; effective May 14, 2013.
Vermont now allows a person to file a motion to vacate a prostitution conviction if the conviction was the result of the person having been a victim of human trafficking. If the motion is granted, the person’s record for the offense must be expunged. S.B. 122/Act No. 2012-94, signed into law and effective May 1, 2012.
Utah enacted new standards and procedures for juvenile competency proceedings. A motion for an inquiry into a youth’s competency may be filed by the youth, the prosecutor, a guardian ad litem, or any person having custody of the youth, or the court may raise the issue at any time. The court may order an evaluation of a youth, to be followed by a competency hearing. Any statement made by the youth during the evaluation may not be used as evidence of guilt for the underlying charge. If it is determined that the youth is incompetent, but that competency may be attained, the youth must be held in the least restrictive setting during the implementation of an “attainment plan.” If the youth does not attain competency within one year of a finding of incompetency, the case must be dismissed without prejudice. H.B. 393 Substitute/Act No. 316, signed into law March 22, 2012; effective May 8, 2012.