Home >> Government >> Court Services >> Teen Court >>


Get Involved - Teens (12-18 years old)

In a valiant effort to find reductive and preventative measures to delinquent behavior, please consider Teen Court. Teen Court needs teen volunteers to help with all of the various court job duties. There will be educational material that will be relevant to cultural and community awareness. Teen Court is a wonderful way to explore careers in law.

Teen Court Volunteer Application


Job Duties

Prosecuting Attorney
:: The prosecuting attorney must evaluate the facts of each case and the Defendants conduct to determine what sentence is appropriate to recommend to the Jury and then offer evidence in support of that recommendation.
:: You must be familiar with the offense charged, determined what evidence to present at the hearing and what sentence should be recommended to the jury.
:: The prosecuting attorney should also act fairly and professionally at the hearing.
:: My job is more important than the judge's job. I decide who wins the case.

Defense Attorney
:: While the Defense Attorney must zealously represent the Defendant, he must never misrepresent the case or stretch the truth.
:: My job is to be an advocate for the Respondent and present the Respondent to the Jury in the best possible light.
:: The Defense attorney must evaluate the facts of each case and the Respondent's background to determine what sentence is appropriate to recommend to the jury.
:: You must present evidence of the mitigating circumstances and act fairly, honestly and professionally at the hearing.
:: It is the decision of the Respondent as to what arguments you will make in an effort to mitigate the sentence.
:: Always discuss with your Respondent your intention to use personal information that they have shared with you before actually bringing that information shared with the Teen Court Jury in their defense, and then it is your responsibility to keep that information confidential.

Jury Panel
:: The job of the jury is to listen to the facts and evidence in a trial to determine the truth.
:: The jury enables those who are on trial to be judged by a "jury of their peers."
:: The jury must adhere to the judge's instructions.
:: Deliberate with other while honestly and openly expressing their opinion as to what the sentence should be and why. Everyone must agree on the sentence.
:: The Jury Foreperson will announce the verdict as to the appropriate sentence.

Why do Teens serve on Juries?
It is believed that it gives teens an opportunity to be part of what goes on in his/her community and to help administer justice from the youth's perspective.

How do juries work in Teen Court?
Juries in Teen Court serve only in a sentencing function. This differs from adult criminal courts, where the jury is charged with making the determination of guilt or innocence. Whomever is responsible for deciding the defendant's punishment must also take into consideration both positive and negative circumstances surrounding the offense. In a Teen Court setting, a prosecuting attorney seeks justice by recommending a constructive sentence based on the aggravating circumstances of the case. A Teen Court defense attorney seeks justice by recommending a constructive sentence based on the mitigation circumstances of a case.