County offices will resume regular business hours on Monday, December 2. Essential services provided by Public Safety will continue as usual. What is Teen Court? Find out here. Teen Court is a first time offenders program with alternative sentencing that is run for teens by teens and has been serving teens and families in our community since
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A juvenile court or young offender's court is a tribunal having special authority to pass judgements for crimes that are committed by children or adolescents who have not attained the age of majority. In most modern legal systems, children or teens who commit a crime are treated differently from legal adults that have committed the same offense. Industrialized countries differ in whether juveniles should be tried as adults for serious crimes or considered separately. Since the s, minors have been tried increasingly as adults in response to "increases in violent juvenile crime. Serious offenses, such as murder or rape, can be prosecuted through adult court in England. Globally, the United Nations ' has encouraged nations to reform their systems to fit with a model in which "entire society [must] ensure the harmonious development of adolescence" despite the delinquent behavior that may be causing issues.
Juvenile Court Services
Youth court diversion programs are intended to offer an alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system and school disciplinary proceedings. Typically, youth court offenders are first-time offenders between ages 11 and 17 who have been charged with misdemeanor or status offenses, with offenses including theft, vandalism, disorderly conduct, assault, and possession of marijuana. Additionally, youth courts have been used to handle school disciplinary issues, underage drinking, and tobacco possession cases Youth Courts: An Empirical Update and Analysis of Future Organizational and Research Needs , Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, Youth court diversion programs offer an avenue for engaging the community in a partnership with the juvenile justice system to respond to the problem of juvenile crime by 1 increasing awareness of the delinquency issues within the local community, and 2 mobilizing community members including youth to take an active role in addressing the problem of juvenile crime within the community Peer Justice and Youth Empowerment: An Implementation Guide for Teen Court Programs , Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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.