Program Description:. It is a real court with a real judge presiding over each trial and court session. Who Can Refer? Department personnel, and School representatives. Target Population:. Teen Court TC targets youth offenders ages 6 to 17 whose behavior constitutes a misdemeanor violation of the law for Class I, II or III misdemeanors as defined by current statutory guidelines, and who are actively enrolled in an educational program.
Orange County Teen Court
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Need Food, Housing Transportation? 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 Teen Court is a nationally recognized early intervention and restorative justice program for juveniles ages , giving the offender a second chance while holding them accountable for their actions. The teen accepts responsibility for their offense, appears before a judge and their peers, and is sentenced. The goal of the Teen Court program is to interrupt developing patterns of criminal behavior by promoting feelings of self-esteem, motivation for self-improvement, and a healthy attitude toward authority. Teen Court challenges the offenders, as well as the volunteer teens, to perform at their highest level of ability.
In the YWCA Teen Court Program, juvenile first time offenders are given a chance to turn their lives around and avoid a future criminal record. The program conducts court every other week for approximately ten months per year at the Forsyth County Courthouse and is designed to lessen the load on the juvenile court system, give practical legal experience to students who are interested in law and help young offenders get back on the right track. Youth volunteers from Forsyth County Schools devote their time and effort to help the Teen Court Program accomplish it's goals by serving as attorneys, bailiffs, and clerks of court. Youth first time offenders are referred to the program by the arresting officer or school resource officer. They are chosen to have the opportunity to participate in the program based on the nature of the crime committed and the circumstances surrounding it.
Vaccine and Priority Group Information. 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.