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Clay County Teen Court

Clay County Teen CourtTeen Court is an alternative to the traditional handling of juvenile delinquency cases that is cost effective and research based. At our core is the philosophy that youthful law violators are less likely to continue to be offenders when a peer jury decides their punishment. Teen Court engages teens in activities that promote self-esteem, integrity, responsibility, and leadership. Teens become the solution, not “the problem”.

Teen Court is a life changing program offering first-time respondents, ages 10-17, a second chance while holding them accountable for their actions. Every position in the courtroom is held by a teenager with the exception of the judge, who is an adult member of the Clay County Bar Association. A trial routine is followed and teens get hands-on experience as attorneys, clerks, bailiffs, and jurors.

Do you want to make an impact in your community? Are you interested in a career in the justice system? Teen Court is an opportunity you shouldn’t pass up. Join us and be part of something different and exciting in Clay County.

Experience Volunteerism

Positive peer pressure can have a tremendous impact on the teenagers you will be dealing with in Teen Court. Some will come from solid homes and families but some will not be so lucky. You can make a positive difference in someone’s life. As a volunteer you will earn community service hours for college and scholarships, in addition to participating in a worthwhile and rewarding experience. Call 904-278-3602 today for further information.

Attorneys, Bailiffs, Clerks and Jurors

Every position in Teen Court, except the Judge, is held by teens. This is a court held for teenagers by teenagers. A trial routine is followed. The prosecuting and defense attorneys make opening statements, the defendant takes the stand and is questioned and then both attorneys make closing statements. The case is then handed over to the jury who decides what punishment is appropriate for the crime that was committed.

Teens Making a Difference

Join the leaders of tomorrow! Be a part of something new and exciting in Clay County. Teen Court offers you an opportunity to get hands on experience in the judicial process. If you want to be an attorney, law enforcement officer, social worker, etc. Teen Court is an excellent opportunity for you.

Teen Court is held twice a month on Thursday evenings in the 1890 Historic Courthouse, 915 Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs, FL.

Further Information

View the Brochure

Teen Court Calendar

Volunteer Information Form

Volunteer Application Form

Contact:

Debbie Mueller, Teen Court Director

Michelle Taylor, Teen Court Administrator

Stacey Smith, Teen Court Associate

Phone: (904) 529-3602 or (904) 278-3602

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