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The Pacific Juvenile Defender Center provides support to juvenile trial lawyers, appellate counsel, law school clinical programs, and nonprofit law centers to ensure quality representation for children throughout California.
PJDC Training Videos
PJDC has streaming training videos! We are building our video library over the next several months, but currently we have our eight-hour AB703 training video and handouts available now for purchase. View the training videos »

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Registration Open for PJDC Transfer Litigation Intensive Conference

Registration is now open for PJDC’s Transfer Litigation Intensive Conference to be held Friday, March 20, 2020, at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. The all-day event will provide an unprecedented opportunity for practitioners to take their transfer litigation skills to the next level. The event is open to PJDC members.  You can register here.… Continue reading

SF Chronicle “Vanishing Violence” Series Features Core PJDC Issues

Over the past year, the San Francisco Chronicle has published more than 15 stories as part of its “Vanishing Violence” series examining the fall of juvenile crime, and the often inadequate responses by public officials.  Articles have focused on continued use of incarceration for youth who commit minor offenses or who need of mental health… Continue reading

California Supreme Court Strikes Down Juvenile Electronic Search Condition

By a 4-3 decision released August 15, 2019, the California Supreme Court struck down the electronic search condition in a closely watched juvenile case. The case, In re Ricardo P., involved a young person who was placed on probation in Alameda County after admitting two counts of felony burglary. As a condition of his probation,… Continue reading

Our Work



The PJDC Amicus Committee, comprised of California trial counsel, appellate counsel, law faculty, and juvenile advocates, collaborates on issues of critical importance to California juvenile defenders.
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Youth Justice Reform

Youth Justice Reform

PJDC members develop and comment on proposed changes in juvenile justice policy, participate in informational legislative hearings, serve on multi-agency task forces and more.
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Training & Technical Assistance

PJDC fills a critical need in offering the chronically under-resourced California juvenile defense bar specialized trainings and technical support services.
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“The child requires the guiding hand of counsel at every step in the proceedings against him.”

— In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967)

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