A teen court sometimes called youth court or peer court is a problem-solving court within the juvenile justice system where teens charged with certain types of offenses can be sentenced by a jury of same-aged peers. Depending on their training, community support, and agreements with traditional court systems, most teen or youth courts are recognized as valid, legal venues for the process of hearing cases , sentencing and sentence fulfillment. Teen courts and their verdicts are not authorized by public law. Teen courts are staffed by youth volunteers who serve in various capacities within the program, trained and acting in the roles of jurors , lawyers , bailiffs , and clerks. Most teen courts are sentencing courts in which the offender has already admitted guilt or pleaded no contest.
Teen Court Program
Teen Court - Montgomery County State's Attorneys Office
Monday Date. Teen Court. Building Peace. August 5 th. August 12 th.
Teen Court judges juvenile offenders with a jury of their peers — and gives them a second chance
It is an alternative to the traditional court system for first-time youth offenders. What is Peer Jury? Peer Jury is a voluntary alternative to the traditional justice systems for youthful, first-time offenders. The youth, referred by an arresting officer and accompanied at all steps by one or both parents, must admit guilt and take responsibility for their actions as a condition of entering into the program.
They usually deal with minor delinquent and status offenses and other school or community problem behaviors. Typically youth sit in circle using a talking piece. While processes vary, the most restorative models include victims as much as possible and join together circle and conferencing process.