Participation in Teen Court as a volunteer provides youth with a unique perspective on the justice system, allows them to be a positive role model, gives them an opportunity to influence their community, and develop leadership and public speaking skills. Teen Court is a non-profit program that gives first-time youthful offenders, between the ages of 9 and 17, a second chance; yet holds them fully accountable for their actions. Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' Juvenile Court judges could send kids admittedly guilty of first time, non violent crimes to Teen Court to be sentenced by juries of people their own age. Please try again later. The only participating adult is the Judge, who is a licensed Attorney or actual presiding Judge. Picou said she has been trying to get in touch with volunteers who were involved with New Orleans Teen Court before the storm and recruit financial support from several organizations to get it going again. Teen Court youth are sanctioned to complete educational classes or activities that address their behaviors and attitudes, and encourage them to examine the effects of their offense.
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Send us a message Name: Required sanctions include payment of a program fee, service as a jury member, maintaining passing grades, attending a class designed to address the offending behavior, apologies to the victim and to the parent, and completion of skill packets based on the assessment scores. Capital Area Teen Court. Monetary restoration may be part of a Teen Court sanction. Please try again later.