Established to provide a diversion program that holds first-time juvenile offenders accountable for their actions, while reducing the caseload of local courts and probation officers.
- Provides education, training, and “hands-on” participation for youth volunteers which compliments their formal education and promotes respect for the rule of law.
- Holds the juveniles accountable for their actions while reducing the caseload of local courts and probation officers.
- Increased appreciation for the legal system by both offenders and volunteers.
- A jury of peers decides an appropriate and constructive disposition for the juvenile consisting of a combination of community service, restitution, verbal/written apologies, essays, educational opportunities, and future Teen Court jury service.
- Wells County students (grades 6 – 12) receive training and serve as clerk, bailiff, jury, prosecuting attorney, and defense attorney for Teen Court hearings.
- The process takes advantage of one of the most powerful forces in the life of an adolescent – the desire for peer approval and the reaction to peer pressure.
- Local adult attorneys volunteer their time to serve as Teen Court judge.
- Teen Court volunteers not only learn how the justice system works from a hands-on perspective, they also help make the community a better place by actively responding to juvenile crime!
To receive more information about the program or to become a volunteer, please contact Angie, the Teen Court Coordinator at: 260.824.8574 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn about youth courts around the United States, visit the National Youth Court Center at www.youthcourt.net.