Teen Court is a juvenile justice diversion program offering first-time offenders between the ages of 12 and 17 the opportunity to accept accountability for minor crimes without having to incur a permanent record. Juvenile respondents are judged by a jury of their peers as part of this voluntary program, which is designed to reduce the number of youth offenders and educate them in a realistic court environment. Since the program was established in March , hundreds of teens have been given the opportunity to accept responsibility for their actions and change their behavior. The program also gives teens who are interested in the judicial system the opportunity to help their peers while gaining first-hand knowledge of the court system. Adult volunteers serve as judges.
The Citrus County Teen Court Program offers juvenile first-time offenders between the ages of 12 and 17 who have committed misdemeanor or felony offenses the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions. Some types of cases heard in Teen Court include vandalism; drug or alcohol possession, trespassing, interfering with school function, driving with no or suspended license, burglary, battery. Sanctions imposed by teen juries include community service and jury duty, remedial classes, and essays. Teens must attend school and obey rules both in school and at home.
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:.