Juvenile Appeals

The Juvenile Appeals Unit of the Youth Advocacy Division certifies and assigns qualified private counsel to represent indigent juveniles in post-adjudication matters arising out of delinquency or youthful offender proceedings, as well as post-conviction matters for juvenile homicide offenders.  Assignments include direct appeals and collateral attacks such as new trial motions, motions for relief from unlawful restraint, sentence appeals, motions to revise and revoke sentence, and other post-conviction matters.

Private Counsel Juvenile Appellate Panel Certification Training December 4 and 5, 2019

The CPCS Youth Advocacy Division (YAD) is now accepting applications for our Juvenile Appellate Panel Certification Training on December 4 and 5, 2019.  Any current member of the juvenile appellate panel wishing to continue on the panel, as well as all prospective applicants, must apply and complete the certification training.

YAD is committed to providing our clients with outstanding appellate advocates who are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each client, understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs.  YAD strives to meet these goals by recruiting and maintaining a diverse and inclusive panel of private attorneys who represent a broad range of human difference and experience.  Consistent with our commitment to diversity, YAD encourages recent law school graduates to apply.  Life or legal experience that has provided the applicant with a unique or personal perspective on juvenile defense work will be considered, and a comprehensive and robust mentoring program will be provided.

The training will take place in Worcester at the Registry of Deeds, 90 Front Street, from 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM.

Please click on the links below for additional information as well as the application and reference form.  Applications are due October 11, 2019.  Applications should be forwarded by email to:  yadappeals@publiccounsel.net.  Please reference “Juvenile Appeals Panel Application-[Applicant Name]” in the subject line.


Afton M. Templin
Director of Juvenile Appeals

Youth Advocacy Division, CPCS
1822 No. Main Street, Suite 205
Fall River, MA 02720
(508) 484-5785


Laura Chrismer Edmonds
Staff Attorney – Juvenile Appeals

Youth Advocacy Division, CPCS
101 State Street, Suite 210
Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 355–5208


♦ Assigned Counsel Manual ♦
Fillable Juvenile Appeal Referral Form – FINAL 5.21.19