Volunteer

OUR VOLUNTEERS
Jury Members
Members of the jury listen closely to the facts of the cases to collectively and unanimously decide an appropriate sentence for the defendant. Sentences are chosen from a list of sanctions.
 
Jury Monitors
The jury monitor is an adult who sits with the jury during the hearing and during deliberations. They help to facilitate the sentencing process and to curb any inappropriate behavior.
 
Youth Attorneys
The attorneys receive their cases in the mail about once a week before the hearing. The defense and prosecution prepare opening statements, questions for the defendant, and closing statements. Youth attorneys must attend training.
 
Mentor Attorneys
Any practicing attorney can mentor the youth attorneys. Mentors aid the youth in preparing and refining their cases and give them feedback.
 
Clerks and Bailiffs 
The clerk or bailiff announces the cases, helps keep order in the courtroom, and swears in the witnesses. They act as a liaison between the judge and the Teen Court staff.
 
Judges
Any attorney or judge can preside over Teen Court hearings. The Teen Court staff provides a script to follow and the night's docket. The judge may add to the proceedings as they deem necessary.
 
Exit Interviewers 
The main goal of the exit interviewer is to ensure that the defendant and their family understand the sentence. The interviewer meets with the family following the hearing and explains all aspects of the sentence, including dates for completion.
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?
Students
Middle or high school students in Wake County are eligible to volunteer.
 
Adults
Parents or other adults may serve as jury monitors, courtroom monitors, or exit interviewers.
 
College and Law Students
Individuals, clubs and Greek organizations can sometimes receive credit for performing community service hours and gain experience with the criminal justice system.
 
Attorneys and Judges
Lawyers and active or retired judges serve as mentor attorneys or preside over hearings. Volunteer as often as twice a month or as little as once every four months.

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