Real Kids. Real
Cases. Real Opportunities.
Teen Court is a diversion program designed to provide
first-time offending youth an opportunity to be held accountable in a court
setting by a jury of their peers, while empowering those volunteers to model
acceptable juvenile behavior in their community. Teen Court aims to allow youth
to learn from their mistakes without jeopardizing their future. If a
youth successfully completes the Teen Court program and does not re-offend,
their offense committed will not be on their record.
Cases are referred to Huntington Teen Court from the Probation
Department, the Huntington County Community School Corporation, or directly from
the Huntington Police Department.
Defendants must plead guilty to offenses such as conversion,
theft, criminal mischief, battery, disorderly conduct, and minor in possession
Constructive (rehabilitative) sentences include any
combination of community service, restituation, apologies to both victims and
parents, written essays, interviews with community members, life skills or anger management classes,
and future service on the Teen Court jury.
Court hearings are typically on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Hearings are held at the courthouse at 6:00 PM.
Want to volunteer? Volunteers are 12 to 18
years of age. Teen Court volunteers hear actual cases and sit in as jury
members, defense attorney, and prosecuting attorney. Volunteers begin on the
jury until they feel comfortable with the court proceedings. At that point,
volunteers may begin taking cases as either a prosecuting attorney or a defense
attorney. If you would like more information on how to volunteer, please email Tamie Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org
All new volunteers MUST complete a Teen Court application
before participating. Click Youth Volunteer Application.docx to print the Teen Court application!