About Teen Court
Teen Court is a program run by teens, for teens. Teenage offenders between the ages of 11 and 18 who have committed a misdemeanor crime can have their cases heard by a jury of their peers. The volunteer teens perform the roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiff, clerk, and jury. A local volunteer attorney presides as Judge and is the only adult directly involved in the court proceedings.
Dates are tentative and may be subject to change due to scheduling conflicts or case availability. Sessions will begin at 6 P.M. until further notice. Please arrive at 5:30 P.M. to sign in. Student Volunteers are asked to speak with the coordinator and to get any e-mail information from the posted notices. In the event of a rescheduling, an email will be sent out to all participants and all defendants will be directly called.
The location for Teen Court is the Robert M. Foster Justice Center located at 76347 Veterans Way, Yulee, Phone 904-548-4611.
In order to participate as a Teen Court Volunteer, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be between the ages of 11 and 18.
- You must abide by the rules of the program.
- You must sign, respect, and abide by the “Oath of Confidentiality”
- You must demonstrate maturity and sensitivity.
Any student volunteers meeting the above criteria and interested in serving as jurors, prosecutors, defense attorneys, bailiffs, and clerks are always needed. Training sessions for your role in Teen Court are scheduled periodically throughout the year.