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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 24, 2019
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019

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, 2019
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019

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 18, 2019
  • Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019
  • Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Friday, May 17, 2019 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 15, 2018
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019

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 15, 2019
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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 30, 2019
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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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