Juvenile Services

Teen Court

     
     

TEEN COURT


Teen Court is a diversionary method of dealing with youths who have committed a misdemeanor, status, or minor traffic offense. A juvenile will appear before a Teen Jury, present their case and that jury will decide their consequences. The Jury may require the juvenile to do certain things, such as community service, attend Traffic Survival School, and write reports, apology letters, as well as other options. A Diversion Agreement will also be entered into.

  

**A juvenile has the right to talk to a lawyer about whether they should take part in Teen Court or if they should go to Superior Court.

TEEN COURT COMPLETES 26 YEARS

The Southern Gila County Teen Court program has completed its 24thyear in existence as of August 2012. This program encompasses the Globe-Miami-Roosevelt areas. Over the past 24 years, our program has been presented as a model for other communities, both in state and national workshops. It is the longest continuous program of its kind in the nation.

Teen Court is a diversion program of the juvenile court system and its hearings are patterned very similar to a regular courtroom trial. High School students from our local high schools, after receiving extensive training, assume the roles of prosecution and defense attorneys, jurors, bailiffs and clerk. The only adult involved in the court proceedings is one of our local Superior Court judges. The Judge’s role is that primarily of a monitor, since the Teen Jury actually decides the consequences to be given to the defendant.

Court is held every other week and handles four cases each time. It handles juvenile cases (ages 8-17) dealing with misdemeanors, status offenses and minor traffic violations. In order to be eligible to go through Teen court, the offender must admit to the charge against them. The defendant takes the stand and is questioned by both prosecution and defense. Once the jury has heard the aggravating and mitigating circumstances surrounding the case, they then deliberate to arrive at consequences suitable to the offense.

Consequences assigned by the jury can include community restitution hours, jury duty, misdemeanor classes (assault, shoplifting, etc.), tobacco education classes, defensive driving classes, a youth fire-setter program, letter of apology, written report, and counseling sessions.

The “Teen Court Experience” has been very well received by our local teens, their parents, and the community as a whole. The program has had a very positive impact, both statistically and upon the individuals involved (whether as defendants or volunteers).

Presiding Judge Peter Cahill, Judge Robert Duber II, Pro-Tem Judge Gary Scales, and Commissioner Dee Flake oversee the courtroom proceedings, while Jessica Ortega coordinates the Teen Court program.

Following are some of the major statistics (August 1988-June 2012)

  • 1,942 Juveniles have gone through the Teen Court Diversion program.
  • 1,403 local high school students have voluntarily participated in the Teen Court program by assuming various roles in the courtroom (attorneys, jurors, bailiffs and clerks).
  • 37,226 hours of free community restitution performed by Teen Court juvenile defendants over the past 24 years have benefited between 45-60 non-profit agencies in the Globe-Miami-San Carlos-Roosevelt areas.
  • 89.3% of those going through Teen Court the past 24 years have successfully completed their consequences and have not re-offended.

  

 

 

 

     
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