Peer court, also known as youth or teen court, is an alternative approach to the traditional juvenile justice system. A youth charged with an offense has the opportunity to forgo the hearing and sentencing procedures of juvenile court and agrees to a sentencing forum with a jury of the youth's peers. Youth court is under the supervision of a judge, and youth defendants and volunteers play a variety of roles in the judicial process, such as district attorney or public defender. Youth courts are youth-focused and youth-driven and are designed and operated to empower youth. Youth courts in California have been growing at a phenomenal rate over the last 15 years.
In Teen Court, Kids Have A Right To A Jury Of Their Peers
Lawrence County Teen Court
We appeal to the youth's sense of responsibility to complete everything in a timely manner and want to close with a successful completion. A case file is now open for this youth. A letter is sent to the parents of the offender informing them of an appointment for them to attend with their child in the Teen Court Office. This interview lasts approximately minutes. During this intake interview, the Coordinator assesses the offender's intent, attitude and the circumstances and determines whether or not to proceed with the youth in the Teen Court program. Court: The Coordinator prepares a docket for the hearing which is held on a Tuesday evening at p. They review the summary of the incident and the interview with the Coordinator, which is prepared by the Coordinator, and prepare their defense.
How Teen Court Works
What is Teen Court? After hearing all of the evidence presented, the panel of Teen Court Jurors will deliberate and then determine the appropriate sentencing. There are guidelines set by the Municipal Court Judge to follow for sentencing that will always consist of community service and Teen Court Jury Service. Teen Court also teaches teens about the judicial process through firsthand experiences. Who is eligible for Teen Court?
All functions in the Teen Court courtroom, except that of the Judge, are to be carried out by teens, including the prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, court clerk, court bailiff and all jurors. The Judge is a volunteer attorney that sits on the bench. Sentences recommended by the Teen Jury may include community service tasks, serving as a teen juror, restitution, and participation in the Life Skills classes offered by the Teen Court program.