WHAT IS GUILFORD COUNTY TEEN COURT?
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County Teen Court provides trials for first-time offenders ages 8 to
15, pleading guilty to misdemeanors, who are referred by the criminal
justice system, law enforcement, School Resource Officers (SRO's); and ages 16 and 17 referred by school resource officers
for offenses committed at schools. Evening court sessions are conducted
at the Guilford County Courthouses located in Greensboro and High Point.
Adult and youth volunteers are essential to the successful administration
of Teen Court. Regular training sessions are conducted for persons interested
in volunteering for services.
WHAT HAPPENS AT TEEN COURT?
jury of peers listens to the defendant's answers to questions from defense
and prosecuting attorneys. At the end of the trial, the jury develops
sentencing contracts that include community service, victim restitution,
education, curfews, self-enhancement programs, etc. Offenders are required
to fulfill their contracts within 90 days. Those who do not are sent to
juvenile court for stricter sanctions and adult probationary supervision.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
First time youth offenders who are pleading guilty to misdemeanors such as:
IS THERE A FEE FOR PARTICIPATION IN TEEN COURT?
The Guilford County Teen Court Program does not charge service fees.