The Ten Core Principles (NJDC)

From the Principles' Preamble:

"The Ten Core Principles for Providing Quality Delinquency Representation through Indigent Defense Delivery Systems were developed to provide criteria by which an indigent defense system may fully implement the holding of In Re: Gault. Counsel's paramount responsibilities to children charged with delinquency offenses are to zealously defend them from the charges leveled against them and to protect their due process rights. The Principles also serve to offer guidance to the leadership of indigent defense providers as to the role of public defenders, contract attorneys or assigned counsel in delivering zealous, comprehensive and quality legal representation on behalf of children in delinquency proceedings as well as those prosecuted in adult court."

The Louisiana Public Defender Board is working to develop Louisiana Performance Standards for Juvenile Representation and views the Ten Core Principles as a valuable resource to ensure that Louisiana's legal representation complies with nationally recognized best practices.

The Ten Core Principles for Providing Quality Delinquency Representation through Indigent Defense Delivery Systems (released January 2005) were developed by the National Juvenile Defender Center, in collaboration with the American Council of Chief Defenders.

The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) was created in 1999 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.

The American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD), a section of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, is dedicated to promoting fair justice systems by advocating sound public policies and ensuring quality legal representation to people who are facing a loss of liberty or accused of a crime who cannot afford an attorney.

The Ten Core Principles for Providing Quality Delinquency Representation through Indigent Defense Delivery Systems are available HERE

Upcoming Training
For more information, contact:
LPDB Training Division at

Bryan R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College
August 1–5, 2020

Santa Clara School of Law

First established in 1992, the Death Penalty College teaches participants the skills, knowledge, and insight needed to try a capital case. The College fosters cooperation and community among participants and faculty united in the common goal of effectively representing capitally charged clients and saving clients’ lives. The College is intensive and utilizes a team approach in preparing for trial. Instruction includes lectures and demonstrations by experienced capital trial team members, and small group hands-on workshops. Participants will be given the opportunity to practice trying their individual case starting with jury selection and ending with a penalty phase argument.

Enrollment is limited to teams with active capital trial cases. Space is limited in order to keep the program small and conducive to individual work. Some scholarships are available and will be prioritized by need. MCLE credit will be over 30 hours.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Lubna,

Applications for the Bryan R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College are now open and will remain open until May 1, 2020.

To apply or for more information, please go to the website:

Upcoming NAPD Trainings

NAPD offers several trainings throughout the year. Please visit NAPD's website to see more information about all of their upcoming trainings and events.