Teen Court

The Teen Court program was one of the first programs to be implemented as part of the DWI Program.  Teen Court of Roosevelt County follows a nationally accepted standard.  Although this is an excellent program which hears misdemeanor cases, including minor in possession of alcohol, the focus of the program includes holding teens accountable for their actions as well as participation in alcohol awareness activities and education about the consequences of alcohol use.
In addition to the experience of trial and sentencing by their peers in an actual courtroom, teen offenders and their parents are required to attend a mandatory DWI Prevention class taught by grant personnel.  Teens participate voluntarily after admitting their guilt.  Parents and teens both go through the screening process and know what is expected of them prior to participating in the program.  They are sentenced by their peers to a combination of sanctions which usually include community service, jury duty for a specified number of Teen Court sessions, and a mandatory alcohol awareness class which must be attended by the teen and parent if alcohol was involved in the crime.  Occasionally the jury and/or the judge will request that the offender write a letter of apology, make restitution, or make a donation to charity.
The Teen Court Coordinator is available to assist the teen offenders to satisfy their sentence obligations.  The Coordinator arranges for community service sites and notifies the offender of the next Teen Court session so they can show up for jury duty.  The Coordinator also actively recruits and trains the teen volunteers as responsible jury members and attorneys. 

Teen Court also receives referrals from the schools as an optional disciplinary tool as well as the police department for misdemeanor traffic citations.
High school and adult volunteers are utilized by Teen Court.  High school students serve as prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, court bailiff, and jury members. High school students may also receive high school credit for Teen Court by signing up in the Counselor's Office.

Offices are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. After hours appointments can be arranged if needed.
Teen Court and prevention activities are typically after hours and on weekends.

For more information about Teen Court, please contact     at (575)359-1048, extension 1315.

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