Thursday, June 10, 2010
Teen Court programs planned
Registration is under way now for Teen Courtís summer session at the Bryan Municipal Court Building. There will be two hours of training and education on law and judicial process followed by two hours of actual course application.
Classes are scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon June 11, June 25, July 9 and July 23. Teens ages 13-17 are invited to participate. Parents should register their children by calling Rick Montero at 209-5415 or emailing email@example.com.
The City of Bryan Teen Court, established in January 2008, is a diversion program designed to offer an alternative to formal juvenile court proceedings. At Teen Courtís sentencing phase hearings, trained Bryan High School student volunteers using a Peer Jury format, roughly modeled after the process used by a grand jury, perform the courtroom roles of clerk, bailiff, juror, defense attorney and prosecutor.
Teen Court defendants are first time class C misdemeanor offenders who voluntarily agree to participate in the program. Teen Court cases are referred by the City of Bryan Municipal Court. The City of Bryan implemented and conducts its Teen Court program at Bryan Independent School Districtís high school campus.
Parental participation is mandatory for Teen Court defendants in that the parent(s) must attend the initial intake and the actual Teen Court hearing; thus giving the teen and the parent a sense of investment towards changing behaviors towards a pro-social value system.
Additional Contact Information
Juvenile Case Coordinator
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