Contact Program Director Bretta Matthews. Teen courts provide a voluntary alternative to traditional adjudication and sentencing for teenagers in municipal or justice courts. Would you like to volunteer for the Teen Court program? TMCEC recommends that you observe the various types of teen court to determine what best suits your community and court. Where offered, young defendants are able to plead no contest or guilty and have their case heard amongst peers. This process enables Teen Court to dispose of their cases in one-third the time of conventional Juvenile Court. Teen Court does not determine guilt or innocence; admission of guilt is a requirement for being offered this voluntary diversion from Juvenile Court.
Typical charges presented at Teen Court hearings are larceny stealing or shopliftingaffray, simple assault, property damage, and possession of drugs or alcohol.
If anyone fails to abide by this oath, they will be terminated from the program. Teen Court juries recommend participation in a community service agency as part of their sentence, with a minimum of fifteen hours and a maximum of one hundred hours. Check out the Setting Up a Teen Court webinar! The defendant is asked questions by both the prosecuting and defense attorney and closing statements are made with recommendations to the jury. What is Teen Court? The juries in Teen Court are made up of trained high school volunteers, along with defendants who have previously been required to serve jury duty as a part of their sentence. Contact Program Director Bretta Matthews.