Skip to Main Content. Teen Court Teen Court was conceived as a result of discussions between the Superior Court Commissioner assigned to juvenile offender matters and Northwest Youth Services about new methods of providing community service, ways to give offending juveniles a chance to give back to their community, to make them aware of the consequences of offending, and to address shortcomings in traditional diversion cases. The result of these discussions is the Whatcom County Teen Court. Beginnings Begun in , this program offers a more meaningful experience for youthful offenders charged with minor misdemeanors as well as providing non-offender youth a chance to participate in a community service project directly affecting their peers. The program goals include: A better understanding of the effects of the offense Creating a new avenue of community service for offenders Providing the offender with a chance to give something back to the community Reinforcing the sense of responsibility that each individual should feel toward their the community Shortening the time needed to resolve charges Teaching the application of community standards to offenses against the community Teen Court Cases Teen Court generally hears cases involving youth who are facing a 2nd discretionary diversion or who failed a traditional diversion contract.
In , the Texas Legislature passed the first enabling legislation. The current statutory provisions for the teen court program can be found in Article Teen court is a form of deferred disposition and is intended to offer juvenile offenders the opportunity to dispose of their cases without having a conviction on their records. To qualify for the teen court program, a juvenile offender must first appear with a parent in open court; enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere; and request teen court.
Most children under 18 years old who are arrested or break the law will have their case in juvenile court. They may be there because of a delinquent offense or a status offense. Examples of delinquent offenses include shoplifting, battery, and driving a car without a license, along with many other crimes that can also be committed by adults. Examples of status offenses are truancy from school, curfew violations, underage drinking, and running away from home.
The principal legislation governing youth justice in Ireland is the Children Act as amended. A child is a person under 18 years of age. The age of criminal responsibility in most cases is 12 years. However, a child aged 10 or 11 years of age may be charged with murder, manslaughter, rape and aggravated sexual assault.
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