A guide to ease the reentry from incarceration to the community First Appearance You will appear before a judge within 24 hours of your arrest if you cannot post the bail in the bail schedule amount set by the chief judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit. The judge will ask if you want to have a lawyer present and whether you need a court-appointed lawyer because you are unable to afford to hire one.
One important right a child has is the right to have an attorney, known as a Law Guardian, represent the child in court, present the child's wishes to the judge, and protect the child's interests throughout the legal proceedings.
Located within the NJOPD, the Office of Law Guardian OLG is responsible for providing this legal representation to children in family court matters involving allegations of abuse and neglect against parents or other caregivers, or in cases involving possible termination of parental rights.
A Law Guardian helps the child-client understand the child's legal rights and the court process, and keeps the child informed as the case progresses through the child welfare system.
Each Law Guardian works as part of a team of professionals -including specially trained investigators and clerical staff - on behalf of the children that the OLG represents. Similar to the confidential relationship between attorneys and clients in other types of matters, the Law Guardian and Law Guardian investigator enjoy a confidential relationship with the child-client.
In order to protect the confidentiality of the relationship, the Law Guardian and Law Guardian investigator may ask to meet privately with the child-client either at home or at school.
The OLG has staff attorneys throughout the state assigned to represent children in child welfare matters. The videos to the right are deisgned to prepare you for the court process in a New Jersey child welfare case. Choose any one of the eight topics in blue and click on the link below it to start the video.In communities served by public defender offices, a judge simply appoints the public defender’s office to represent indigent defendants.
The individual P.D. who actually provides the representation is normally the P.D. who happens to be assigned to the courtroom in which a defendant’s case is heard.
Attorneys wishing to be assigned public defender cases should review the rules for certification, billing, and the Attorney Performance Standards. The Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office (SPD) is committed to the continuous improvement of our partnership with the private bar.
Office of Law Guardian (OLG) In child welfare cases in New Jersey, children have rights separate and distinct from those of their parents or guardians.
Every Assigned Counsel is responsible for downloading and reading the Public Defender Commission’s “Guidelines on Indigent Defense”, the Assigned Counsel Guidelines, and the Applicable Billing Standards.
The Department of Public Defense (DPD) provides quality legal representation and advocacy to people in need of legal help in King County and the city of Seattle. New Juvenile Court Rules and Time Standards Go Into Effect November 5, October 29, The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has issued new Juvenile Court Rules for the Care and Protection of Children, which go into effect on November 5, The new rules will replace the Juvenile Court Rules for the Care and Protection of Children.