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What is Teen Court?
Teen Court provides an alternative system of justice for first time juvenile misdemeanor offenders ages 6-17. Primarily serving students at Brunswick County’s five high schools, Teen Court allows offenders to accept responsibility for their offense, have their case heard by a jury of their peers and complete a constructive sentence so they can avoid a juvenile court record. Student volunteers are recruited from all five Brunswick County high schools and trained by adult volunteers with legal backgrounds to fulfill the roles of attorneys, jurors, clerks and bailiffs during case hearings. Offenders who complete their sentencing requirements in the designated timeframe can avoid a juvenile record. Teen Court gives first time offenders a “second chance” to “get things right” and learn from their mistakes. It provides the student volunteers with an opportunity to practice their public speaking and presentation skills while learning more about the legal system. Cases are heard one evening each month at the Brunswick County Courthouse. Teen Court is a partnership program between CIS and the 13th District Attorney’s Office. For more information regarding the Teen Court Program contact Sam Davis, Teen Court Director at (910) 253-4087 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 is the 20 year anniversary of Brunswick County Teen Court! For stories and images of Teen Court and to see how the program has impacted lives – click here.