Teen Court will not accept cases involving sexual offenses, firearms, hate crimes, motor vehicle violations, and offenses that have resulted in serious injury. Cases are referred to Teen Court by law enforcement, school resource officers, judges and court counselors. Defendants who refuse to participate in Teen Court are directed back to the referring agency and may be subject to prosecution in traditional juvenile or district court. The program is voluntary and confidential. Trained student volunteers take on the roles of attorneys, clerks, bailiffs, and jurors.
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Teen Court is always looking for both teen and adult volunteers to keep this program running. We are always on the look out for Teen Volunteers! Whether you are required to complete hours for school or just want to volunteer for a day or two, we can always use the help.
This program relies heavily on the support of its student and adult volunteers. Without the continued dedication of its volunteers, Teen Court would be unable to function. Students As a student, you will have the opportunity to participate on Peer Panels and hear the cases of teenagers who have pled guilty to misdemeanor offenses. After hearing their stories and the circumstances behind the crimes they've committed, you can then take part in producing their sentences based on the concepts of Restorative Justice. Rather than focusing on punishment and retribution, all of Teen Court's sentencing options are based upon accepting responsibility and taking accountability for one's actions.