The juries in Teen Court are made up of trained high school volunteers, along with defendants who have previously been required to serve jury duty as a part of their sentence. All volunteers are trained by members of the local Bar association and court personnel. In contrast to other courts, Teen Court mandates that all defendants serve as jurors from Two to Twelve evenings at future Teen Court cases. Teen Court juries recommend participation in a community service agency as part of their sentence, with a minimum of fifteen hours and a maximum of one hundred hours. Other sanctions may be recommended such as drug urinalysis, boot camp, counseling, mentorship, essays, letters of apology, and restitution. Teen Court is designed for youthful offenders.
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As the year-old defendant sat in the witness box, he quietly answered one question after another in the courtroom. Who are his friends? Why are his grades low? What kinds of sports does he play? And most importantly — why did he inappropriately interact with a classmate, the action that brought him to court. It was not a prosecutor or defense attorney posing the questions, but students from Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights.
Teen court is a volunteer program that allows juvenile Class C misdemeanor offenders to pay for their citation by completing community service hours. Defendants' cases are presented to a jury of their peers. Volunteer teen attorneys will represent the defendant. Teen jurors assign community service hours according to the discipline grid.
The courtroom was silent, except for some shuffling papers and nervous whispers. Now, if the Foreperson would please read the sentence of the jury. The judge then explained that if this had been traditional district court, s he could have received up to 60 days in a juvenile justice facility for committing a Class 2 Misdemeanor.