Any juvenile who breaks the law and is charged with select misdemeanor or felony charges and admits guilt. Also, no child may be referred that has been charged with any offense that is sexual in nature, gang related, or involving firearms. In addition, non-violent felonies may be referred to Teen Court at the discretion of the Juvenile Court Judge and approval of the State Attorney. Once a case is referred, attendance and participation are mandatory in order for the case to be closed successfully.
Their cases are heard before a jury of their peers and sanctions are assigned for the defendant to complete. Kids won't let other kids' manipulate the system. This is truly peer pressure at its finest. For all Teen Court events, please be aware of the environment that you are in and dress accordingly. Dress code is as follows:. Juveniles will be assigned sanctions by a jury of their peers.