In the Matter of A.W., 209 N.C. App. 596 (2011)

Vacated and Remanded

The court vacated an adjudication of delinquency for indecent liberties between children where the trial court prevented defense counsel from making a closing argument. The appellate court recognized that the right to present a closing argument is an essential component of due process in a juvenile proceeding, and that juveniles are entitled to the same rights as criminal defendants, except for bail, self-representation, and trial by jury under G.S. 7B-2405(6). Because the juvenile’s attorney was denied the opportunity to make a closing argument, the court vacated the indecent liberties adjudication and remanded for a new adjudication hearing.

Adjudication Hearing
Closing Argument
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