WHAT'S THE PURPOSE OF TEEN COURT?
The program is based on the philosophy that a youthful law violator is less likely to continue to be a repeat offender when a jury of their peers decides the appropriate punishment. It is anticipated that Teen Court will interrupt developing patterns of criminal behavior by promoting feelings of self-esteem, motivation for self-improvement and a healthy attitude toward authority. Teen Court challenges the offenders, as well as the volunteer teens to perform at their highest level of ability.
WHAT SENTENCES ARE IMPOSED?
Teen Court sanctions include:
• Community Service
• Jury Duty
• A Skills Group that may focus on making appropriate choices, peer-pressure, decision-making, substance abuse issues and the effects of stealing on the community.
• Monetary Restitution
• The jury may also impose written or verbal apologies and or essays.
After the Teen Court sanctions are successfully completed within the 90 day time limit, the offense is dismissed in Juvenile Court. If the defendant does not complete or rejects the sentence, their case is returned to the referral source and it is assumed that District or Juvenile Court will be pursued.