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The juvenile court or teen court is a court thats operates like any other court The only difference is that defendants attorneys jury bailiff and court clerk are all teenagers The only adults involved are the judge the adult attorney mentors who are present for support during the trial The defendants in a teen court are between 13 and 17 They usually are arrested for shoplifting using tobacco alcohol or drugs and for some other assault The objective of the teen court is to help young people from failing in life After the trial if the sentence is carried out during two months the crime is removed from the defendants record If not the case is sent to the districts attorney and the Probation Department for prosecution During the 1st year about 45 cases have been recorded After the caseload has more than doubled now 100 cases are heard a year The sentencing options for the defendants include counseling community service writing an apology letter paying restitution to the victim writing an essay drivers license suspension watching drug or alcohol video and writing a report or completing a chapter from the book Teens Crimes and Community The jury can impose other sentences The jury will ask the defendant if he or she accepts the sentence Teen court has had a high success rates 85 to 95 percent of the criminals do not re-offend as opposes 70 percent in regular A lot of volunteers are involved in teen court volunteering increase with the cases More cases being heard more students volunteering Theres many reasons for volunteering some want to pursue a career in law some do it because their friends do it etc One thing is certain all of them do it for fun and to make new friends In conclusion teen court is a diversion program for minor offenders There are currently 32 teen court programs in the state The
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