Teen Court is a community-based, juvenile intervention/prevention program that offers an alternative to the juvenile justice system.
This diversion-like program only accepts juvenile offenders with first-time, nonviolent, misdemeanor charges. These offenders are seen by youth volunteers from the community who act as peer attorneys, bailiffs, judges and jurors.
Our trained volunteer teens conduct peer panels and trials before they determine the appropriate sanctions for the offender. This process effectively holds juvenile offenders accountable for their actions and promotes long-term behavioral change that leads to enhanced public safety.
Teen Court is based upon Restorative Justice Principles and seeks to ensure that the harm caused by each juvenile offender is repaired. Our volunteer panelists and jurors accomplish this through holding each participant accountable for their actions, ensuring the safety of the community, and fostering the respondents skill development in order to prevent any future violations. Teen Court is also a great opportunity for youth in the community to get involved in criminal justice, serving their peers, and growing in their communication, leadership, and critical thinking skills.
For more information about Teen Court, emailus or call 303-663-6136.