In Teen Court, juvenile first time offenders, generally between the ages of ten and fifteen, are given a chance to turn their lives around and avoid a future criminal record. In each case, guilt has been admitted by the defendant who has agreed to abide by the sentence of the teen court jury. Sentences can include activities such as: community service hours, skills and education seminars, tutoring, jury duty sessions at other teen court proceedings, a letter of apology to injured parties and personal apologies. The program conducts court every other week at the Forsyth County Courthouse and is designed to lessen the load on the juvenile court system, give practical legal experience to law students and help young offenders get back on the right track.
Local trial attorneys instruct students on the art of trial advocacy. Training is not required but it is helpful, especially for those interested in litigation.
Teen Court Academy (Fall 2016 Training): August 27th | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | All 1300 rooms
Teen Court takes place twice a month, every other Tuesday, from 5-8pm at the courthouse downtown.
Teen Court is an excellent project for law students interested in litigation and for those who enjoy working with and mentoring juveniles. Practice your trial advocacy skills in front of a real judge and jury. Learn how to complete client interviews and build a defense in a short timespan. Great for public speaking skills too.
To learn more about getting involved, contact Emily Scotton (email@example.com) and Katherine Ririe (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also, look out for information about training and opportunities in our weekly newsletter and Project Calendar!