GOALS:Hold juvenile offenders responsible for their behavior and help them recognize that the consequences are a direct result of their own actions.
Provide teenage offenders with a positive experiencein the judicial system, thereby reducing recidivism and helping deter the possibility of committing other crimes.
Educate youth volunteers and offenders on the legal and judicial process.
Establishpositive relationships between the community and its youth, promoting increased understanding and communication
Assist Lewisville, Flower Mound and local community agencies in saving labor expense byproviding youth as community service workers.
Teen or youth courts provide an alternative court system through which juvenile offenders can be heard and judged by their peers. Most teen courts havestrict guidelines for youth volunteers who participate in the sentencing process, which generally includes training, a modified bar exam, peer mentoring and compliance with a code of conduct. Manyyouth courts establish a youth bar association or ethics body which helps to set guidelines for ethical and fair procedure.
Because cases heard by teen courts are real cases, participants in teen courtprograms are required to sign an oath of confidentiality regarding any information which comes to their knowledge in the course of the teen court case presentation.
State-approved teen courts...