ERIC Number: ED431671
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Teen Court: A National Movement. Technical Assistance Bulletin No. 17.
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, 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. (MM)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Juvenile Justice, Law Related Education, Responsibility, Secondary Education, Sentencing, Social Studies, Victims of Crime
American Bar Association, Division for Public Education, 541 North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611-3314; Tel: 312-988-5735; Fax: 312-988-5494. ($1.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL. Public Education Div.