A teen court sometimes called youth court or peer court is a problem-solving court within the juvenile justice system where teens charged with certain types of offenses can be sentenced by a jury of same-aged peers. Depending on their training, community support, and agreements with traditional court systems, most teen or youth courts are recognized as valid, legal venues for the process of hearing cases , sentencing and sentence fulfillment. Teen courts and their verdicts are not authorized by public law. Teen courts are staffed by youth volunteers who serve in various capacities within the program, trained and acting in the roles of jurors , lawyers , bailiffs , and clerks. Most teen courts are sentencing courts in which the offender has already admitted guilt or pleaded no contest.
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Related to Teen courts: Drug Courts , Youth courts. Former name: juvenile court. Mentioned in? References in periodicals archive? Past recipients of the Medal of Honor Award for a nonlawyer include Kathleen "Katie" Self of Sarasota for her pioneering work in the implementation of teen courts across Florida and the volunteering of her services in establishing the Teen Court of Sarasota; Elizabeth Lander "Budd" Bell of Tallahassee for over four decades of volunteer advocacy to improve the lives of Florida's children, elderly, and disabled; and Dr.
The new juvenile justice approach is quickly building a track record of preventing repeat crimes. April 13, The year-old defendant, standing before a jury of his peers, hears the verdict: guilty of battery.
A juvenile court is a type of specialized court or a court docket devoted to one or more specific categories of legal matter. Today, there are many specialized courts. This article addresses the growing use of specialized, problem solving courts for delinquent juveniles. It introduces the specialized nature of the juvenile court and describes three of the most popular forms of specialized courts for youths, which are, teen courts, juvenile drug courts, and juvenile or family mental health courts. It examines several key policy and practice issues related to their operation.