The (Young) People’s Court sets another session

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Volunteer Ken Shadid (left) helps teen prosecutors prepare for a cases. Photo courtesy of Teen Court Director Erin Hagan.
Volunteer Ken Shadid (left) helps teen prosecutors prepare for a cases. Photo courtesy of Teen Court Director Erin Hagan.

Organizers of Brunswick County Teen Court have announced the innovative group’s next session.

Teen Court is a diversionary court that offers first-time offenders the opportunity to a second chance to keep their records clean – with not just a jury of their peers but a full complement of teens serving in all the court’s roles.

The next session of Brunswick County Teen Court will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15  at the Brunswick County courthouse, located at 310 Government Center Drive in Bolivia, according to Todd Beane with Public Relations for Communities In Schools of Brunswick County.

Brunswick County Teen Court is partnership program between Communities In Schools and the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office. Teen Court is made possible through financial support provided by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and Brunswick County Schools.

Students are trained to serve as attorneys, jurors, bailiffs, and clerks in real cases involving first-time juvenile offenders. Student volunteers get a hands-on educational experience which helps them better understand our system of justice.

Read related story: Teen Court: Giving young defendants in Brunswick County a second chance

The program saves the county at least $2,000 per case. In 2014-2015, 81 defendants were served and 93 student volunteers participated in the program.

For more information about Teen Court, volunteer opportunities, or to reserve a seat for the next session contact Teen Court Director Erin Hagen at (910) 253-4087 or ehagen@cisbrunswick.org. For updates and other information visit Brunswick County Teen Court on Facebook.