Court Program Overview
Teen Court is a
community-based, Court-operated intervention program designed to
provide an alternative response from the juvenile justice system for
the first-time misdemeanor offender. Teen Court adheres to the
restorative justice theory, which is based on the premise of
accountability to the victim and community, as well as adding an
educational component. Teens, having admitted their involvement to
various charges, receive their sentencing from other teens. Teen
defendants in turn, serve as jurors, attorneys or bailiffs in the cases
of other teens. This provides teens with the opportunity to impact
other peers in a productive and positive way by imposing appropriate
and fair dispositions (sentences). Teen Court holds juvenile offenders
accountable and provides educational enlightenment for the youth into
the juvenile justice system. It is with this information and knowledge
that the youthful offender becomes better equipped to make better life
choices, change negative behaviors and leads to the enhancement of
public safety. Successful completion of this diversion process can
result in the youth not having a formal court record.
Can Attend Teen Court?
Are There Specific Rules
for Teen Court?
What Sentencing Outcomes
are Available with Teen Court?
may involve any combination of the following:
Who are the Teen Court
is comprised of youth who would have been defendants in the traditional
juvenile justice system. Teen Court hearings are conducted by teenagers
with an adult program coordinator overseeing the process. Court
contracted hearing officers, who are adults preside over the hearings.
What About Parent
must accompany their teen for the following:
Who is the Program
Coordinator and Supervisor?
Where is the Teen Court
Article: Teen Courts-Do They
Work and Why?
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