Teen Court is a diversion program offered to first time juvenile offenders in which they admit to their involvement in the offense and agree to have their case heard before a peer jury of Teen Court student volunteers in a court setting. The judges, which include Circuit, District, and Special Appeals judges, volunteer their time and are present to answer legal questions and set the tone for the courtroom. Using Teen Court guidelines, the jury decides the appropriate disposition which includes mandatory community service hours, appropriate educational programs, and may include essays, apology letters, or Teen Court jury duties. If the juvenile offender respondent completes the assigned disposition within 60 days, the original charge is dismissed and will not appear in the juvenile's record.
Teen Court is an educational opportunity that helps teen defendants and volunteers to understand our justice system. Teen Court is a voluntary program that allows juvenile Class C misdemeanor defendants to handle their citation through community service and involvement in the judicial process. The jury members assess a sentence of community service following the guidelines set by the Municipal Court. Upon successfully completing Teen Court, the defendant will not have to pay any fines.
Adolescent Research Review. Processing juvenile offenders in the traditional justice system can lead to a range of negative consequences. As an alternative to formal criminal processing, many jurisdictions have begun to implement diversion programs for first-time or low-level offenders. This systematic review sought to summarize evidence of the effectiveness of one commonly used diversion model, Teen Courts, on outcomes for juvenile offenders. Final analysis included 22 studies.
Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about. Skip to Main Content. Sign In. These offenders are provided an opportunity to admit their guilt, and to perform various tasks as punishment for their crimes. Goals To hold youth accountable for their actions To educate youth on the impact of their actions To provide a meaningful forum for youth to practice and enhance skills To reduce juvenile recidivism Who Are the Parties?