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Celebrating Gault, and the Constitutional Rights of Children—50 Years Later…

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Article by Lorraine M. Augostini originally published in the New Jersey Family Lawyer,Vol. 38, No. 1/October 2017

On May 15, 1967, the United States Supreme Court proclaimed that children are persons under the Constitution and, therefore, entitled to certain due process protections, and that “the condition of being a boy” does not justify denying children these “fundamental requirements of due process.”1 By providing children facing a potential loss of liberty in juvenile court with the right to notice, right to counsel, right to confrontation and cross-examination, and the right against self-incrimination, the Gault decision represented a critical shift in American jurisprudence regarding the treatment of juveniles in the system of justice.

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