Teen Court is one of the diversionary programs which is utilized for first-time juvenile offenders. A court for teens (ages 12 – 16), run by teens, is a program for non-violent offenders entering the court system for the first time.
Teen Court referrals are typically for violations such as:
- Minor theft
- Disorderly conduct
- Minor criminal damage referrals
Attendance at Teen Court will require certain waivers unique to Teen Court. No Teen Court cases are heard for those who are contesting the charges filed against them.
Teen Court Process
- Teenage volunteers participate as attorneys, clerks, bailiffs, and jurors.
- A teenage jury decides the appropriate sentence based on the factors presented and a sentencing grid.
- If they complete their sentence, the citation is closed and no further action is taken.
- Failure to comply with the sentencing results in the matter being referred back to the Municipal Court for more traditional handling.