Teen Court is an innovative program which allows first-time juvenile offenders, who have committed a misdemeanor crime, attend a sentencing hearing instead of being prosecuted through the formal Juvenile Court System. What makes this program unique is that everyone in the courtroom, except the judge, are teens! Students get to participate in the roles of the prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, court deputy, clerk and jurors. The Prosecution Alternatives for Youth P.
In Teen Court, Kids Have A Right To A Jury Of Their Peers
How Teen Court Works
Teen Court programs were established to prevent and reduce the occurrence of juvenile delinquent activity. Teen courts are judicial diversion programs that use positive peer pressure and other appropriate sanctions to show the youthful offender the consequences of violating the law and the positive side of behaving in a more constructive manner. Since then, the program has been replicated with a few minor changes in various counties in Florida as well as in other states. TEEN COURT is based upon the premise that youthful offenders will more readily accept responsibility for their actions when judged and sentenced by their peers. The juries in TEEN COURT cases are made up of trained middle and high school volunteers along with a few defendants who have previously been required to serve jury duty as part of their sentence. Community service is a common construction sanction recognized by our whole justice system as a legitimate method for defendants to repay their debt to society. The jury may also recommend one or two of a variety of other sanctions, which are directly related to the individual case before them.
Teen Court receives $25,000 Community Foundation grant
Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court opinion that essentially establishes -- within the privacy of the patient-physician relationship -- the right to choose to abort a baby in the womb. The opinion holds that during the first trimester of pregnancy, the states have no interest in regulating abortion beyond the health of the mother. During the second trimester, the states can regulate the procedures used, but they may not ban or interfere with abortions. During the third trimester, the states may ban or permit abortions.
According to police, Mukuna was helping a friend fix their car at an apartment complex on Monarch Mills Way Saturday evening. Witnesses say Mukuna went to get a jacket out of his car. As he walked back across the parking lot, Weems pulled up beside him and fired nearly a dozen shots, killing the teen. Charging documents say Weems told police he felt Mukuna, the victim, was going to try to harm him. Weems is charged with murder, assault, use of a firearm in a felony and reckless endangerment.