Teen Court

Offering eligible youth an alternative to Juvenile Court

 

The mission of Ashland County Teen Court is to benefit youth and the community by providing an alternative method of adjudicating first time juvenile offenses, giving youth the opportunity to become accountable for their actions.

Teen Court is run by a highly trained and diverse panel of high school students who hear cases, ask questions to understand what offenders think and how offenders feel about their actions, and create legally binding sanctions based on the concept of restorative justice. As a deputized brand of our judicial system, Teen Court Panel Members give first time offenders (misdemeanor) an opportunity to learn from their actions and get a fresh start with a clean record.

 

 

BENEFITS OF TEEN COURT

When juvenile offenders successfully complete their Teen Court sanctions, they will have the conviction removed from their record. This is a real second chance to prove that mistakes can be turned into positive choices. Parents are no longer held totally accountable for their actions, and volunteers are given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people.

 

THE INTENT OF THE JUVENILE COURT AND TEEN COURT SYSTEM IS TO:

  • Protect citizens from juvenile crime. 

  • Hold juvenile offenders accountable for their actions and restore them back in the community as responsible citizens. 

  • Prevent future delinquent behavior. 

  • Provide the juvenile a fair hearing.

  • Keep juveniles out of the court system.

  • Respond to the juvenile’s needs for care and treatment.

  • Protect victim’s rights.

  • Educate teens on the Juvenile Justice system.

  • Empower teens to have a voice in County-wide juvenile justice decisions.

 

View the current Teen Court Brochure here. You can also view additional teen court information here.

Stay tuned for updates on Teen Court Panel Applications for 2021.