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Criminal Justice Resources: Juvenile Law and Family Court Resources

By Ken Strutin, Published on November 22, 2006
Ken Strutin (JD, MLS) is an experienced law librarian, criminal defense attorney, and well-known writer and speaker. He is the author of The Insider's Guide: Criminal Justice Resources on the Internet, and has lectured extensively about the benefits of using the Internet for legal research at national and local CLE training programs. Mr. Strutin also wrote ALI-ABA's Practice Checklist Manual on Representing Criminal Defendants, and co-authored the award winning Legal Research Methodology computer tutorial, published by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). He has contributed chapters to several books and written many articles concerning knowledge management, legal research and criminal law. Mr. Strutin has taught courses in Advanced Legal Research and Law Office Management. He is also listed in Who's Who in American Law. Currently, Mr. Strutin is the Director of Legal Information Services at the New York State Defenders Association and writes a column for the New York Law Journal. See also Ken Strutin's Criminal Justice Resources Series on LLRX.com.

Introduction

Family law intersects the criminal justice system in several ways. For instance, juvenile cases originate in family court, and parental rights and obligations can be complicated by criminal convictions and prison sentences. This bibliography will concentrate on select aspects of the family law and juvenile justice systems. While an effort has been made to list resources under discrete categories, there is some overlap. Please keep in mind that these are broad topic areas, and not all subjects will be covered.

Current Developments

Professional and commercial institutions publish specialized news sources. Many bar associations, such as the ABA, will have a committee or section that concentrates on juvenile and family law, and produce timely, relevant newsletters. Overall, some are scholarly publications, most focus on current events, and others provide links to news published in online media. A few sources are fee-based or require membership for access. It's important to note that some publications cover family and juvenile law together or may be interdisciplinary in their approach.

News

Journals and Law Reviews

Standards

These sites address a wide range of issues in the juvenile justice system. They include resource centers, government reports and other practice and policy oriented materials.

Juvenile Justice

These sites address a wide range of issues in the juvenile justice system. They include resource centers, government reports and other practice and policy oriented materials.

Juvenile Death Penalty

Mental Health

Prosecution

Reports and Studies

Representation

Resources

Family Law

These information sources concern family law and practice, legal developments and specific areas of representation.

Resources

Representation

Bibliographies

This article only touches the surface. There are myriad web resources on juvenile justice and family court practice. Listed below are a few key bibliographic sites for further study.