ERIC Number: ED429031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Teen Courts and Law-Related Education. ERIC Digest.
Nessel, Paula A.
Teen courts have gained in popularity in the 1990s. These courts include youth courts, peer juries, peer courts, student courts, and other courts using juveniles to determine the sentences of juvenile offenders. The courts issue sentences that are carried out in a school or community setting and generally involve community service, jury duty, restitution, and apologies. Teen courts usually accept only first-time offenders who have committed relatively minor offenses (alcohol/drug offenses, vandalism, disorderly conduct). A 1994 survey of teen courts identified four distinct models: a peer jury model and three trial models (adult judge model, youth judge model, tribunal model). Teen courts teach the concepts of justice, power, equality, property, and liberty. The courts foster responsible participation in civic life, the pursuit of justice, and appropriate sentencing for offenses. Evaluations of teen courts indicate that the key goals of the programs are being met. Teen courts offer the active learning of law-related education (LRE) through hands-on experience with the justice system. The Division for Public Education of the American Bar Association has served as a national clearinghouse for information on teen courts since 1991. It also has promoted teen courts extensively through its National Law-Related Education Resource Center, LRE conferences, and publications. (JH)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Juvenile Justice, Law Related Education, Responsibility, Secondary Education, Sentencing, Social Studies, Victims of Crime
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.