April 19, Category: Be a senior attorney and count the time as pro bono publico service pursuant to NRPC 6. They review the summary of the incident and the interview with the Coordinator, which is prepared by the Coordinator, and prepare their defense. The juries in Teen Court are made up of trained high school volunteers, along with defendants who have previously been required to serve jury duty as a part of their sentence. The judicial officer then imposes a sentence. The defendant swears to tell the truth. Now we have closing arguments during which time the attorneys ask for a just and appropriate sentence.
Victims of crimes must be in agreement with Teen Court diversion or the case will not be eligible for Teen Court. When a defendant is able to create sufficient doubt about a case, however, the teen court might be authorized to waive sentencing; in such a case, the youth's participation in teen court would be considered complete. Failure to comply with these sanctions usually results in a transfer of the case to juvenile or family court for formal handling. States also limit the types of cases that can be heard in teen courts. This publicprivate partnership introduces dispute resolution techniques first to elementary school students throughout the Commonwealth while promoting Olweus bullying prevention education in the schools.
Teen courts, a term used here to include youth courts, peer juries, peer courts, student courts, and other courts using juveniles in determining the sentences of juvenile offenders, have rapidly gained popularity in the s. We currently have 15 attorneys that have volunteered their time. Further, this site is using a privately owned and located server. The video comes with a Facilitator Guide that includes a lesson that youth courts can follow when using the video to instruct and educate their volunteers. The law students also play a vital role in facilitating attorney trainings. Minimal time commitment -- one evening per month from 5: Of course, student courts pose special challenges because of the complexity of creating new programs in schools.
The consensus appears to be that teen courts are an option worth pursuing, especially for young people who previously believed courts would judge their first two or three offenses as "freebies" with no meaningful legal consequences. The majority of programs about 90 percent require defendants to admit to the charges against them in order to participate in teen court. Teen court participants must weigh conflicting points of view and decide a just and appropriate sentence. If you are unable to access or print the PDF document please contact us or call the Publications Office at One of the more common sentences is community service. This is NOT a government sponsored or government sanctioned site. The modern idea of teen courts began to take shape in the s, although they remained relatively obscure and few in number until the mids.