As a Teen Court juror, volunteers (ages 12-17) are trained to assign constructive consequences based on listening to testimony given by defendants, parents/guardians of defendants, and arguments by Teen Court youth attorneys. Jurors are expected to listen carefully to all court proceedings, and consider all factors on an individual basis to determine appropriate consequences that will help each unique defendant understand the effects of his/her crime on the community and give back to the community in which the crime was committed.
As a Teen Court attorney, volunteers (ages 12-17) are trained to participate in court proceedings as Defense and/or Prosecuting Attorneys. As an attorney, youth volunteers will have the opportunity to review charging information, police reports and affidavits related to the offense(s), and the defendant's written affidavit related to the offense(s).
As a Defense Attorney, volunteers meet with the defendant and the parent/guardian(s) present to review the case including information necessary to court proceedings that would convince the jury that the defendant is remorseful for his/her actions and deserves fewer consequences. The Defense Attorney will also explain the Teen Court process and answer any questions or concerns the family has, with the assistance of Teen Court staff.
As a Prosecuting Attorney, the volunteer is responsible for presenting a case to the jury that emphasizes the effects of the offense(s) on the community.
- Law Enforcement
- People Skills
- Case Work / Management
- Youth Services
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Kids Teens Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 12
- Weekly volunteer opportunities from 5:30-7:30pm.