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 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.