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Peer Court

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What is Peer Court?

Peer Court is currently provided at one Brunswick County elementary school, one K-8 grade school and four middle schools, providing first time juvenile misdemeanor offenders with a “second chance” and an opportunity to learn from their mistakes. Offenders have the opportunity to accept responsibility for their offense and have their case heard by a jury of their peers. Student volunteers are trained by adult volunteers with legal backgrounds to serve as attorneys, jurors, clerks and bailiffs to present cases and determine constructive sentences for student offenders. The offending student has a set timeframe to complete all sentencing requirements and thereby avoid a juvenile court record.

Peer Court is also used as an alternative to Out of School Suspension at the elementary and middle school level. Peer Court focuses on being educational rather than punitive, as a mechanism for helping students improve conduct and behavior and avoiding future contact with the juvenile court system.

For more information regarding the Peer Court Program, contact Mallory Wells, Program Operations Officer, at (910) 253-5327 Ext. 1434 or mwells@cisbrunswick.org.

Peer Court Schedule for 2018-2019

Where and When is Peer Court held?
Peer Court, a partnership between Communities In Schools of Brunswick County and the Brunswick County School District, is held in the following schools:

Cedar Grove Middle School

Training for new peer court volunteers will be November 15, 2018 from 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Court sessions are held in the cafeteria at 3:30 p.m. Attorney mentors begin assisting students with case preparation and pizza at 2:45 p.m.
All Court sessions held 2:45- 4:15 or 5:15 depending on number of cases. Ending time will be announced on morning announcements at school several days before court session.

Court Sessions:

  • Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Thursday, April 16, 2020
  • Thursday, May 21, 2020

Leland Middle School

Sign-up for new student volunteers will be October 9, 10, 11, 2018.
Sign-up for returning student volunteers will be October 12, 2018.
Peer Court training for new student volunteers will be October 18, 2018 from 3 – 4:15 p.m.
Peer Court attorney training for returning student volunteers will be November 1, 2018 from 3 – 4:15 p.m.
Adult attorney mentors begin assisting students at 3 p.m. in the cafeteria. Court is held in the multi-purpose room at 3:30 p.m.
Court sessions (2nd Tuesday of the month):

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2020
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2020
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Waccamaw School (K-8)

Training for new Peer Court volunteers – October 18, 2018 – 2:55 – 4:30 p.m.
Training for new Peer Court attorneys – October 25, 2018 – 2:55 – 4:30 p.m.
All court sessions held 2:55 – 4:15 or 5:15 p.m. depending on the number of cases.
Peer Court sessions take place in the multi-purpose room.

Court Sessions:

  • Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Friday, May 15, 2020 End of Year party and Trial

Shallotte Middle School

Training for new Peer Court volunteers – October 18, 2018 – 2:55 – 4:30 p.m.
Training for new Peer Court attorneys – October 25, 2018 – 2:55 – 4:30 p.m.
All court sessions held 2:55 – 4:15 or 5:15 p.m. depending on the number of cases.
Peer Court sessions take place in the multi-purpose room.

Court Sessions:

  • Thursday, November 14, 2018
  • Thursday, December 12, 2018
  • Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020

South Brunswick Middle School

Training for Peer Court – October 15, 2018 – 2:55 – 4:30 p.m.
All court sessions held 2:55 – 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. depending on the number of cases.
Peer Court ending time will be announced on morning school announcements several days before court session.
Court sessions begin promptly at 2:55 in the school cafeteria/media center.

Court sessions

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Supply Elementary School

Training for Peer Court adult volunteers – November 7, 2018.
Training for Peer Court student volunteers – November 14, 2018.

Court Sessions:

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020

For More Information

Peer Court Middle School Contacts

Laura Hicks – Cedar Grove Middle School (910) 253-5327 Ext. 2859
Ruth Thompson – Leland Middle School (910) 253-5327 Ext. 1721
Michele Rau – Shallotte Middle School (910) 253-5327 Ext. 1531
Calie Hodgson – South Brunswick Middle School (910) 253-5327 Ext. 1623
Amber Malave – Waccamaw School (910) 253-5327 Ext. 2531
Drew Jordan – Supply Elementary School (910) 253-5327 Ext. 2148

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