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Board Certified in Juvenile Delinquency Law

North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization

At Lawyer Legion we recognize the importance of board certification programs for specialty fields like criminal law and juvenile delinquency law. Use our directory to find an attorney in North Carolina who has earned the designation as a Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Delinquency Law.

Attorneys who earn certification as a specialist in juvenile delinquency law must meet certain standards for substantial involvement, specific task requirements, peer review, examination, and completion of continuing legal education requirements. Juvenile delinquency law is generally considered to be a subset of the larger category of criminal law.

Juvenile delinquency law is also known as juvenile justice, juvenile defense, or prosecution in juvenile court.

Requirements for Certification in Juvenile Delinquency

The requirements for certification in his specialty area include a showing of substantial involvement in the practice of juvenile delinquency law through devoting a certain amount of time to substantive legal work including the representation of juveniles or the state in juvenile delinquency court by demonstrating experience in specific tasks such as:

  • Court appearances in other substantive juvenile delinquency proceedings in juvenile court;
  • Representation of juveniles or the state in juvenile delinquency felony cases;
  • Representation of juveniles or the state during the applicant's entire legal career in juvenile delinquency hearings concluded by disposition;
  • Representation of juveniles or the state in appeals of juvenile delinquency decisions; and
  • Representation of juveniles or the state through transfer to adult court.

The attorney might meet a portion of the substantial involvement requirement though a "practice equivalent" including:

  • service as a state district court judge responsible for presiding over juvenile delinquency court;
  • service on or participation in the activities of local, state, or national civic, professional or government organizations that promote juvenile justice.

Requirements for CLE, Examination and Peer Review

An attorney applying for certification in juvenile delinquency must also complete a certain number and type of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits in juvenile delinquency law or related fields such as criminal procedure,  trial advocacy, substantive criminal law and evidence.

The attorney must submit to peer review from other judges or lawyers familiar with the attorney's practice.

The attorney must pass a written examination showing the attorneys knowledge in the field of juvenile delinquency law on topics such as:

  • North Carolina case law as it relates to juvenile delinquency law;
  • State criminal substantive law;
  • State criminal procedure;
  • North Carolina Rules of Evidence;
  • North Carolina Juvenile Code, Subchapters II and III, and related case law; and
  • Constitutional law as it relates to criminal procedure and juvenile delinquency law.

The period of certification will last for five years. During that time, the attorney must apply for continued certification within certain time limits. Although no written examination is required, the attorney much show substantial involvement, completion of certain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits, and peer review.

Finding a Juvenile Delinquency Attorney in North Carolina

Lawyer Legion is not endorsed by or approved by any state bar or board certification program. We understanding that finding a qualified juvenile defense attorney in North Carolina is a daunting task.

We created our attorney directory to help you as you begin your search for the right attorney. Read more about tips on finding the right juvenile delinquency defense attorney for your particular case.

This article was last updated on Friday, November 22, 2019.