The Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (PJDC) is the regional affiliate of the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) for California and Hawaii. PJDC provides support to juvenile trial lawyers, appellate counsel, law school clinical programs, and nonprofit law centers to assure quality representation for children in juvenile delinquency proceedings throughout California and Hawaii.
NJDC was created in 1999 by the American Bar Association to respond to the critical need to build the capacity of the juvenile defense bar and to improve access to counsel and quality of representation for children in the justice system. In 2005, NJDC separated from the American Bar Association to become an independent organization. NJDC gives juvenile defense attorneys a more permanent capacity to address practice issues, improve advocacy skills, build partnerships, exchange information, and participate in the national debate over juvenile crime.