WHERE IS TEEN COURT HELD?
- Be a 7th – 12th grade student in satisfactory academic standing, and not currently under the jurisdiction of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
- Abide by the rules of the program
- Sign and respect the “Oath of Confidentiality”.
- Demonstrate maturity and sensitivity.
Teen Court does not determine guilt or innocence; admission of guilt is a requirement for being offered this voluntary diversion from criminal charges. The youth will then be assigned a date to appear in Teen Court to take responsibility for his/her actions before an adult judge and a trained jury of his peers.
- All Teen Court youth admit their guilt prior to their hearing. This removes the responsibility of determining guilt from the jury and allows them to critically think about what sanctions would be appropriate for the offense committed.
- In Teen Court all the roles of the court are filled by teens except for the judge who is a community leader. The lawyers, bailiff, clerk and jury members are all youth volunteers who volunteer their time to learning about the judiciary system and serving their community.
The Responsible Youth Benefit by:
- Keeping a clean record.
- Getting a second chance.
- Learning important lessons.
- Taking personal responsibility.
- Developing respect for authority.
- Positive appreciation of others.
- Positive motivation toward self-improvement.
Student Volunteers Benefit by:
- Direct experience with our legal system.
- Learning to work together.
- Future legal career possibilities.
- Developing basic leadership qualities.
- Developing self- worth.
- Being around positive role models.
- Strengthening personal bonds.
Community Benefits by:
- Empowering young people to change.
- Reducing recurrence of criminal behavior.
- Reaching young offenders at the most crucial time.
- Promoting positive attitudes.
- Rehabilitating young offenders.
- Improving school and community environments.
- Educating young people about their legal rights.
- Allowing the court system to focus on more serious offenses.
- Building leadership qualities and community awareness.
Iredell County Restorative Teen Court & Skills Building Class- Schedule 2019-2020