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.
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.
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.
Any practicing attorney can mentor the youth attorneys. Mentors aid the youth in preparing and refining their cases and give them feedback.
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.
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.
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.