Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization


  • Oversight

    Partial oversight

Massachusetts provides counsel to indigent youth through the statewide Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) Public Defender Division.  Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Massachusetts state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

A juvenile's right to waive counsel must be filed through his or her parent or guardian.

  • Restrictions on waivers
  • No restrictions
  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.
  • Age

    No restrictions

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Massachusetts, an attorney for a juvenile can be appointed at the following points in the process: All Stages of Proceedings / All Critical States of Proceedings.

  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.

Indigency requirements, 2013

Indigency determination: Judicially

Adult Court Rules are the legal authority for indigency in Massachusetts. They provide the determination for indigency and several useful definitions. Special juvenile law education / training / experience/ program for appointed juvenile counsel. Indigency is judicially determined.

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