There are a few of these diversion programs in our area, designed for first-time, low-level offenders. It is based on the Restorative Justice Model. Each defendant receives from hours of community service per charge, which must be performed at a non-profit organization. This page was last updated on: Joseph County's Juvenile Justice Center. Youth who successfully complete Teen Court can have their records expunged, if they choose to do so.
Completely anonymous unless citizen wants to disclose Partners: The Teen Court programs in Fremont and Park Counties rely on the participation of youth volunteers who serve as teen lawyers or advocates and jurors. The Urban Institute; Office of the District Attorney 11th Judicial District toggle. Teen Court hearings are conducted by teenagers with an adult program coordinator overseeing the process. Parents must accompany their teen for the following:
The Teen Court programs in Fremont and Park Counties rely on the participation of youth volunteers who serve as teen lawyers or advocates and jurors. Please enter a valid email address This information is required. View our Teen Court Video at: Not to be confused with Juvenile court. Teen court allows youth ages 10 - 17 who commit first time minor offenses to have a hearing with teens acting as the jury, bailiff, case presenter, and youth advocate. Defendants are required to participate and may also return once their sanctions are completed. Teen courts offer an adjudicatory venue in which nonviolent and, usually, first-time juvenile offenders are sentenced by their peers.
The legal benefit of the program is that the juvenile's record is wiped clean for first time offenders. Moreover, it provides an opportunity for the jurors to reflect upon, and learn from, the poor choices that other juveniles have made, without having to make the same mistakes themselves. Participation in Teen Court is voluntary. The defendant and the parents are the only witnesses. The hearing process is very similar to that of a traditional court system. Misdemeanor Each defendant receives from hours of community service per charge, which must be performed at a non-profit organization.