How does Teen Court work?

Teen Court is the sentencing forum for young first time offenders who have been referred by the Municipal Court and desire a six month deferred prosecution. The jury, consisting of teens, does not decide innocence or guilt: it assesses sentences. The youthful offender who goes before the teen panel, must plead guilty along with parental or guardian consent. Following teen court sentencing, the offender must complete all elements of his or her sentence successfully prior to dismissal of the original charge with no conviction.

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1. What is Teen Court?
2. How does Teen Court work?
3. How are the teen juror, bailiffs, and attorneys selected?
4. What types of sentences are imposed by Teen Court?
5. What are the benefits of Teen Court?