The adult that oversees each peer panel. The case manager is responsible for maintaining a professional environment as well as ensuring that the teen panel members are conducting their questioning in an appropriate manner based on the concepts of Restorative Justice. A two-hour Teen Court class where concerned members of the community who work in retail, loss prevention, management, law enforcement, and the military can discuss the impact that crimes primarily shoplifting but also trespassing, graffiti, and property damage have on their lives, their businesses, and their employees. Panel members have the opportunity to share their individual experiences and stories with a group of defendants in a confidential, safe environment.
Youth Intervention Services
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Youth are referred to the programs by arresting officer or school resource officer. The target population for the Teen Court Program is youth between the ages of 9 and 15 who are first time offenders or those who have been diverted from Juvenile Court. The Program Manager, a YWCA employee, coordinates intake, schedules teen court and provides life skills lessons designed to help the teens make better choices and become accountable for their actions. They are tried by a jury of their peers and later serve as jurors for other youthful offenders.
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.