Dare County Teen Courtis an alternative system of justice helping to change the lives of juvenile first-time offenders in Dare County. Student volunteers, under adult supervision, take on responsible leadership roles in teen court, serving as jurors, clerk of court, bailiff, defense attorneys and prosecuting attorneys.
Through creative sentences handed down by their peers, juvenile offenders are held accountable for their actions. Teen court utilizes community service and restitution as rehabilitation tools in the innovative program proven effective at deterring future criminal activity.
In order to participate, defendants must admit guilt, voluntarily enter the program, and successfully complete the sentence handed down to them by the teen court jury. Those who do, learn the consequences of delinquent behavior without receiving a criminal record. Those who do not successfully complete their sentence are referred back to the referring agency for traditional court proceedings.
Volunteer opportunities are available for students in grades 7 through 12. Volunteers learn valuable skills and take a leadership role in helping change the lives of their peers.