After an offender is referred to the Teen Court Program, a letter will be send to the offender’s parents requesting that they will call our office to set an appointment. At the interview, the program rules and regulations are explained to the offender and the offender’s parents. Offenders are assigned a court night and issued a summons to appear at Court.
On the Court night, offenders are assigned a teen Defense Attorney. The Defense Attorney’s job is to help the offender in the presentation of his/her case. A Prosecuting Attorney is also assigned to each Courtroom. Some offenders may not be assigned a Defense Attorney and instead, the Courtroom will be conducted in Grand Jury fashion.
The Teen Court hears the case and renders a verdict which consists of a specific number of jury duties, educational seminars, and community service hours. After the verdict is decided, the offender and the family will attend an exit interview with Teen Court Staff to explain paper work and answer questions.