||TEEN COURT is
based on individualized sanctions, community service projects,
and the defendants' active participation throughout the process.
TEEN COURT exists as a structure of accountability for first
time juvenile offenders.
these young people come to understand that living within the law
or violating it, getting a good education or not, having a
successful future or failing to find suitable employment, all
depends on the decisions that they alone make.
Even though participation in TEEN COURT is
totally voluntary, not every youth who applies, or every
juvenile who is arrested, is automatically eligible to
participate in this unique program. Therefore, it is regarded as
a privilege to be selected either as a volunteer, or as a
defendant for participation in the TEEN COURT Program.
Confidentiality, objectivity, respect for
the rights of others, making a positive contribution to society,
living within the law, acting responsibly and understanding the
justice system are all fundamental TEEN COURT principles