Youth courts train teenagers to handle real-life cases involving their peers, offering a restorative response to misbehavior. Youth courts use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses pay back the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system. Youth courts hear a range of low-level crimes; many handle cases that would otherwise wind up in Family Court or Criminal Court. The Center also assists local jurisdictions in their efforts to establish youth courts.
Teen Court • CADA
Juvenile Court: An Overview
A juvenile justice diversion program for early teen offenders where youth, accompanied by their parents, go in front of an adult judge and a jury of teen peers, who create unique and restorative sentences, rather than the traditional juvenile justice or school disciplinary process. Typical crimes referred to Teen Court include alcohol and drug offenses, petty theft, burglary, assault, driving offenses, curfew violations, trespassing, graffiti and vandalism. The youth must take responsibility for their offense before attending their peer review hearing and agree to accept the sentence provided by the jury. There is a fee for all services and a sliding fee scale is available upon request. No client will be turned away due to inability to pay for services.
Guide to Juvenile Court
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Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about. Skip to Main Content. Sign In. This diversion-like program only accepts juvenile offenders with first-time, nonviolent, misdemeanor charges. These offenders are seen by youth volunteers from the community who act as peer attorneys, bailiffs, judges and jurors.