The El Dorado County Teen Court programs in Placerville and South Lake Tahoe will conduct training for new student volunteers and for all student attorneys in January 2013. Placerville will hold its training on Wednesday, January 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Superior Court House located at 495 Main Street, Placerville. South Lake Tahoe will hold their training on Thursday, January 17 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Superior Court House located at 1354 Johnson Boulevard, Department 4, South Lake Tahoe.
“Teen Court is a highly successful program for El Dorado County students in grades 8 through 12 who want to take an active role in the juvenile justice system,” said Randy Austin, Teen Court Coordinator in Placerville. Upon completion of the mandatory training, teens will serve as court personnel for real cases in which an offense has been committed by a minor, the minor has admitted to the offense, and has chosen to be judged by his/her peers.
According to Austin, students manage nearly every aspect of Teen Court. “Students serve as the prosecuting and defense attorneys, court clerk, bailiff, and jury. Rotating Superior Court Judges preside over Teen Court, and volunteer attorneys from the community aid student attorneys in developing their cases,”remarked Austin.
The Teen Court program began in 1992 in El Dorado County and is funded through the Alcohol and Drug Programs of the El Dorado County Public Health Division, Health and Human Services Agency. Cases are referred and managed by the El Dorado County Probation Department. The County Superior Court Judges and Sheriff’s Office also are important program partners.
The Teen Court program generally runs from October through May of each year. In Placerville, court hearings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at Superior Court on Main Street in Placerville at 6:00 p.m. In South Lake Tahoe, court hearings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Superior Count on Johnson Boulevard at 5:00 p.m. The program is open to all El Dorado County students in grades 8 through 12 who attend public or private school, or are homeschooled.
For more information about Teen Court in Placerville, contact Randy Austin at (530) 621-6130 and in South Lake Tahoe contact Jorge Orozco at (530) 573-7964.
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