The purpose of the Lakewood Municipal Teen Court program is to provide an alternative disposition for juveniles who have committed and received a charge for a minor offense, and are otherwise eligible for diversion.
Additionally, Teen Court is an educational tool enabling volunteering, non-justice involved youth to actively participate in the justice system acting as defense attorneys, prosecutors, bailiffs, jury members and as the presiding judge. For more information about volunteering and learning in Teen Court, contact Jennifer Zubalik firstname.lastname@example.org
, or Rachel Starry email@example.com
In the teen court process, a trial takes place in which non-justice involved teen volunteers serve in the capacity of the prosecution and defense attorneys as well as jury members and determines the sentence for a juvenile offender.
Teen Court is an excellent program for volunteering students to build their confidence in public speaking, follow through on possible career tracks in the justice system as well as the opportunity to meet other students throughout the Lakewood area with similar interests. If you are interested in volunteering for the Lakewood Municipal Court Teen Court Program, please contact the Probation Department at (303) 987-7440 for further information.