El Dorado County Teen Court
is now recruiting new student participants for the spring program. Teen Court
is a unique and highly successful program that actively involves teens in the
local judicial system. The program operates in both Placerville and South Lake
Tahoe. After completing mandatory orientation training, teens serve as
personnel in real court cases in which a minor has committed an offense,
admitted to that offense and chosen to be judged for sentencing by their peers.
El Dorado County youth in
grades 8 through 12 are invited to attend an upcoming orientation session:
Pre-registration for the
trainings is not required. Courtroom attire is required. Teen Court hearings in
Placerville will be held February through May 2017 on scheduled Wednesday
nights. Teen Court hearings in South Lake Tahoe will be held February through
April 2017 on scheduled Thursday nights. Students will receive a calendar of
hearing dates at their orientation training.
"Teen Court is a great
experience for youth," said Stephanie Carlson, Teen Court Coordinator in
Placerville. "Students serve as jurors, prosecuting and defense attorneys,
court clerks and bailiff. Superior Court Judges and mentor attorneys preside
over Teen Court. Community attorneys volunteer to help students develop their
cases. Youth get a real understanding of the juvenile justice system, and
defendants receive a fair sentence from their peers and a second chance."
The Teen Court Program began
in El Dorado County in 1992 and is funded through the El Dorado County Health
and Human Services Agency, Alcohol and Drug Programs. Teen Court cases are
referred and managed by the El Dorado County Probation Department. The County
Superior Court Judges, Sheriff's Office, local Bar Association and local
attorneys are important program partners, according to Carlson.
For more information about
the Placerville Teen Court, please contact Stephanie Carlson at (530) 621-6130.
For information about Teen Court in South Lake Tahoe, please contact Hector
Reyes at (530) 573-7959.