Fremont and Park Counties
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY - ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
JUVENILE DIVERSION PROGRAM - 719-269-0170
WHAT IS TEEN COURT?
Teen court allows youth ages 10 - 17 who commit first time minor offenses to have a hearing with teens acting as the jury, bailiff, case presenter, and youth advocate. The teen jury determines the sentence. Participation in Teen Court is voluntary. Juvenile defendants must admit guilt in order to participate. A parent/guardian must be present at all stages.
THE PURPOSE OF TEEN COURT
Teen Court is designed to hold youth accountable for their actions and to repair harm to the victim and/or community. Teen Court further educates youth about the judicial process. A defendant in Teen Court learns responsibility to the community and becomes accountable to his/her peers as well as to the criminal justice system. Teen Court is also an alternative to juvenile charges being filed. It allows a juvenile defendant who successfully completes his/her sentence to keep his/her record clear.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF TEEN COURT?
Teen Court is designed to:
- Hold juvenile offenders accountable for their behavior and help them recognize that the consequences are a direct result of their own actions
- Restore harm to the victim(s) and to the community.
- Educate youth on the legal and judicial system
- Provide defendants with a positive experience in the judicial system, thereby reducing recidivism and helping deter the possibility of their committing other crimes.
- Establish positive relationships between the community and the youth
WHEN IS TEEN COURT?
Teen Court will be held at Platte Canyon High School on the third Wednesday of every month as needed.
Teen Court will be held in Fremont County at the Fremont County Justice Center on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
Juvenile defendants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during Teen Court. One to two cases are scheduled on each regular Teen Court docket.
After completion of Teen Court, the defendant meets with the Juvenile Diversion Coordinator to schedule a meeting to review the required sanctions and to set goals in order to complete the sanctions in the time allowed. Sanctions should be completed within three months. Upon completion, the case is dismissed.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED WITH TEEN COURT
The Teen Court programs in Fremont and Park Counties rely on the participation of youth volunteers who serve as teen lawyers or advocates and jurors. Teen Court provides an excellent opportunity for youth to engage in meaningful community service and improve their understanding of the juvenile justice system. To volunteer with Teen Court, call (719) 269-0170 and ask for the Teen Court Coordinator.