If you have any other questions, please contact Teen Court Staff at info springsteencourt. Teen Court volunteers must be at least 13 years of age unless otherwise approved by staff. You can begin volunteering right away! Simply fill out and submit a Student Volunteer Application and come down to the courthouse on scheduled Peer Panel Tuesdays. You are also more than welcome to observe a few Peer Panels before you begin volunteering.
Diversionary Teen Court program puts first-time offenders in front of a jury of their peers
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The sanctions came down, taking no more than 15 minutes each to decide: Write a letter of apology. Clean graffiti off the bathroom walls. Assist the basketball coach and team. Paint the bleachers. For the length of the three-year study, schools were randomly assigned to either a control or an experimental group, and results indicate that the Youth Court Project reduced violent behavior, bullying, rejection by friends and anxiety. Paul Smokowski, lead researcher from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explains that both counties had previously used the concept of community-based teen court, and a group of school administrators and school resource officers SROs approached the university about applying for CSSI funds to initiate the concept in schools.
Juvenile Court: An Overview
Teen Court is a real justice program. It gives juveniles who have committed a misdemeanor crime a chance to appear before a jury of their peers. For the young person charged with a crime, Teen Court offers teenage offenders a second chance to learn from their mistakes without the high cost and stigma of a criminal record. Read more about us in this Omaha World-Herald article. All juveniles who participate in Teen Court are screened by Diversion Officers.
We empower youth ages with skills, resources, and opportunities to be accountable for their harms and to positively contribute to their communities, schools, and peer groups. Teen Court accomplishes these goals through peer accountability, educational opportunities, youth leadership training, Brief Interventions for Substance Using Adolescents program, and a youth court where teen volunteers hear real juvenile criminal cases and determine a restorative sentence that Teen Court monitors. It is a real court that is run entirely by teen volunteers. We organize around youth empowerment and restorative justice. In Jury Councils there are no student attorneys or judges, just a jury of peers.