Gregory B. Ecks has lived in the Colorado Springs area since His research interests include school policy, administrative governance, and equity in school disciplinary practice. Ecks has 22 years in public education, including 12 years as a classroom teacher and ten years as a building and district level administrator. In his current position, he directs and manages district programs related to student attendance, behavior, and school engagement. He works collaboratively with community agencies, policymakers, school leadership teams, and teachers to address challenges and barriers to school engagement.
Teen Court: A Positive Side of Peer Pressure - Communities In Schools of Chatham County
Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about. Skip to Main Content. Sign In. Purpose Teen Court provides an alternative means of dispensing justice to selected juveniles charged with delinquent offenses. The program is open only to juveniles seventeen or under - usually first time offenders - who have committed a selected misdemeanor crime, status offense or traffic violation. Process Teen Court is patterned after a traditional adult courtroom. An actual juvenile defendant eligible for the program must acknowledge responsibility for the offense and is directed to appear in Teen Court for sentencing.
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. Cases are referred by law enforcement, school resource officers, judges and court counselors. Sessions in Teen Court are structured to resemble traditional district court as much as possible.
A teen court sometimes called youth court or peer court is a problem-solving court within the juvenile justice system where teens charged with certain types of offenses can be sentenced by a jury of same-aged peers. Depending on their training, community support, and agreements with traditional court systems, most teen or youth courts are recognized as valid, legal venues for the process of hearing cases , sentencing and sentence fulfillment. Teen courts and their verdicts are not authorized by public law. Teen courts are staffed by youth volunteers who serve in various capacities within the program, trained and acting in the roles of jurors , lawyers , bailiffs , and clerks. Most teen courts are sentencing courts in which the offender has already admitted guilt or pleaded no contest.