Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community polls, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

Youth/Teen Court

thenerdofawesomethenerdofawesome Posts: 282Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2012 in High School Life
Do you any of you participate in Youth or Teen Court?
Would you suggest joining?
Post edited by thenerdofawesome on

Replies to: Youth/Teen Court

  • aomameaomame Posts: 125Registered User New Member
    what even is this

    can people explain these things for the mildly curious but not in the know? we can still give advice even if we're not in it so it wouldn't hurt to help the rest of us out.
  • thenerdofawesomethenerdofawesome Posts: 282Registered User Junior Member
    Youth Court (or Teen Court) is where rather than going before an adult judge in a traditional juvenile court, a young person referred to a Youth Court. Teens serve as the lawyers in the case, as well as jurors, court clerks, and bailiffs. Teen volunteers also choose the disposition or sentence for each case
  • kypdurronkypdurron Posts: 2,194Registered User Senior Member
    That sounds like it could end badly, especiialy if teen boys choose the sentence
  • MutaRiSCMutaRiSC Posts: 1,248Registered User Senior Member
    This sounds like a bad idea. I mean, are the teen chosen sentences actually carried out? I wouldn't want some kid as my lawyer either.

    Imagine:
    "Hey man, I'm in serious trouble. I need you to come right away."
    "Aw sorry bro, I have a research paper and like three tests tommorow."

    Do you even get paid for defending?

    This sounds ridiculous. I saw a flyer for it at my school.
  • aomameaomame Posts: 125Registered User New Member
    Dear god, this sounds absolutely hilariously bad.

    cringing as I imagine this
  • rspencerspence Posts: 2,118Registered User Senior Member
    I had never even heard of a "teen court" until last year, senior year in HS. I see its purposes but I still think it's an awkward idea.
  • thenerdofawesomethenerdofawesome Posts: 282Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, I had my doubts, so I was wondering if anyone who had actually done it had anything to say.
    I don't think teens typically serve as the lawyers. I think very few regions do that. I know mine doesn't.
  • superstarlalasuperstarlala Posts: 1,552Registered User Senior Member
    In my county, teens serve as the Jury and the cases that come are first, only for misdemeanors that TEENS have committed and second only for very non-serious issues like Graffiti or stealing a pack or gum from the 7-11. Also the punishment usually is community service and it's basically just a question of "what community service and how many hours?"
  • rspencerspence Posts: 2,118Registered User Senior Member
    ^thenerdofawesome my US history class did a "teen court." Barely learned anything...(then again my history teacher was fairly mediocre). I learned more on the court system by reading the newspaper, or Wikipedia articles.
Sign In or Register to comment.