Teen Court is a community-based, juvenile intervention / prevention program that offers an alternative to the juvenile justice system.
This diversion-like program only accepts juvenile offenders with first-time, nonviolent misdemeanor charges. These offenders are seen by trained youth volunteers who determine the appropriate sanctions for the offender.
Teen Court is based upon restorative justice principles and seeks to ensure that the harm caused by each juvenile offender is repaired. Our volunteer panelists accomplish this by holding each participant accountable for their actions, ensuring the safety of the community, and fostering the respondent's skill development in order to prevent any future violations.
Teen Court is also a great opportunity for youth in the community to get involved in criminal justice, serve their peers, and grow in their communication, leadership and critical thinking skills.