Their cases are heard before a jury of their peers and sanctions are assigned for the defendant to complete. Kids won't let other kids' manipulate the system. This is truly peer pressure at its finest. For all Teen Court events, please be aware of the environment that you are in and dress accordingly. Dress code is as follows:.
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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. Sentences will vary in length of commitment in accordance with the severity of the case, but cannot last longer than 90 days.
Teen Court is a legally binding alternative system of justice that offers young offenders an opportunity to make restitution for their offenses through community service, educational classes, and jury service. This allows eligible teens to take responsibility for their actions. Teen Court allows both offenders and teen volunteers to better understand our system of justice. Teen Court is held two times per month. Teen Court is usually held at the Curry County Courthouse; however, there are occasions it is held elsewhere, in which case an announcement is made prior to meeting.
The Teen Court program is a partnership that challenges the entire community to take an active role in addressing juvenile crime and helping our youth understand and take responsibility for their citizenship. Cases are referred to Teen Court from juvenile probation and the juvenile court. The juvenile must be a first time offender and must admit guilt to participate. Commitment from the family is vital to the success of the participant.