WHAT IT IS and WHY YOU SHOULD GET INVOLVED
Teen Court is a real court, a part of our judicial system in Cleveland County. Teen volunteers take the roles of defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys, clerks and jurors for real court cases, which would otherwise be heard in Juvenile Court. The Teen Court Program is designed for juvenile offenders, between the ages of 12 and 17, who are willing to accept responsibility for their actions. The Teen Court’s mission is to deliver a constructive sentence to the juvenile based on his/her offense.
Teen Court is held in the evenings each month in the Cleveland County Courthouse. Sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. and end between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. depending on the number of cases that are heard.
AS A VOLUNTEER…
You receive community service/volunteer hours. These can be used for high school requirements.
It looks great, listing your involvement with Teen Court on college applications, resumes, and job applications.
You learn about the criminal justice system, first hand.
You gain public speaking, organization and communication skills.
You can be a good role model for other teens and members of the community
You can help ensure that your peers and community receive fair treatment.
Sample of types of cases heard in Teen Court:
Affray , Communicating Threats, Concealment of Merchandise, Misdemeanor larceny,
Property Damage, Resist, Obstruct & Delay a Law Enforcement Officer,
Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing, Misdemeanor Assault, Misdemeanor Breaking &Entering, Possession of Alcohol, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Stolen Property,
Possession of Weapon on School Grounds, Simple Possession of Marijuana-(less than ½ oz.),
Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle
To obtain an application click here or for more information contact Communities In Schools:
Communities In Schools of Cleveland County
312 West Marion Street Shelby NC 28150
Phone 704.480.5570 Fax 704.480.5510 email
Kischa Mitchell, Teen Court/Community Service Coordinator