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COLLIER COUNTY TEEN COURT

NOTICE:ORIENTATION ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

Teen Court is a dynamic nationally acclaimed diversion program for first-time juvenile offenders. Cases diverted to Teen Court provide the opportunity for community volunteers to participate in developing constructive outcomes for the offenders. Teen Court addresses crimes ranging from misdemeanors up to 3rd degree felonies in which the defendant has admitted guilty. Teen Court utilizes high school students to serve as attorneys, jurors, clerks and bailiffs. Student attorneys interview juvenile offenders and their families and prepare their cases. They present their cases before a jury of students who decide sanctions for the offense, and a path forward for the offender.

Teen Court benefits both the juvenile offenders and the high school volunteers by providing the forum for a constructive court process. Peer interaction encourages at-risk youth to make informed and positive choices that affect their lives now and in the future.

Teen Court volunteers earn community service hours for school and scholarships. Participants gain experience in public-speaking, problem-solving, and hands-on knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Collier County Teen Court follows the Collier County Public School Calendar. Teen Court sessions generally occur on Wednesday evenings from September through May. For further information, please contact Trudy Junkroski, Teen Court Program Specialist, at 239-252-2756 or tjunkroski@ca.cjis20.org.

 



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