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Welcome to Resources, where you’ll find a variety of materials to support you in your practice, keep you informed on the latest developments in the law, and connect you to the wider juvenile defender community.

Visit Juvenile Case Law Summaries for updates on all juvenile-related decisions by the Illinois Supreme Court and Appellate Court, the United States Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and groundbreaking opinions from other jurisdictions. Decisions more than a year old can be found in Archives. The Case Law Summaries page is currently under construction. Additions to the page will be announced on the JDRC list-serv as they occur.

For information on recent statutes and amendments affecting youth in conflict with the law in Illinois, visit Legislative Updates. Earlier legislative summaries can be found in Archives.
On the Publications page you’ll find links to reports, articles, and handbooks on a variety of topics, including: juvenile defense, racial and ethnic disparities, transfer, sexually-related offending, detention, sentencing, mental health, LGBTQ youth, and girls. The Publications page is currently under construction. Additions to the page will be announced on the JDRC list-serv as they occur.

You’ll discover links to Illinois and national organizations working on behalf of the youth in conflict with law on the Juvenile Justice Organizations page. The list includes law school clinics and organizations doing policy reform, research, information-sharing, and direct representation.

Visit the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender website where you’ll find a variety of useful information, including: publications such as the Illinois Criminal Law Digest; pending issues before the Illinois Supreme Court; information on adult and juvenile expungement; upcoming public defender trainings; and information on the Illinois Public Defender Resource Center.