As the year-old defendant sat in the witness box, he quietly answered one question after another in the courtroom. Who are his friends? Why are his grades low? What kinds of sports does he play? And most importantly — why did he inappropriately interact with a classmate, the action that brought him to court. It was not a prosecutor or defense attorney posing the questions, but students from Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights.
In Teen Court, Kids Have A Right To A Jury Of Their Peers
Teen Court judges juvenile offenders with a jury of their peers — and gives them a second chance
Teen Court is a legally binding alternative system of justice that offers young offenders an opportunity to make restitution for their offenses through community service, educational classes, and jury service. This allows eligible teens to take responsibility for their actions. Teen Court allows both offenders and teen volunteers to better understand our system of justice. Teen Court is held two times per month. Teen Court is usually held at the Curry County Courthouse; however, there are occasions it is held elsewhere, in which case an announcement is made prior to meeting. Teen court volunteers, under the guidance of adults, present the case, deliberate, and construct a sentence for teens who have been referred to Teen Court.
Coconino County Juvenile Court Services
One day after school last December, year-old Michael took the stand in a Brooklyn courtroom. His name has been changed since he is a minor. He had walked in with a scowl, but now looked like he was about to cry. The New York Police Department takes turnstile jumping very seriously.
A teen court sometimes called youth court or peer court is a problem-solving court within the juvenile justice system where teens charged with certain types of offenses can be sentenced by a jury of same-aged peers. Depending on their training, community support, and agreements with traditional court systems, most teen or youth courts are recognized as valid, legal venues for the process of hearing cases , sentencing and sentence fulfillment. Teen courts and their verdicts are not authorized by public law.