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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Manatee County Teen Court and Teen Court Attorney program are hosting an upcoming training session. The training is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the Manatee Community Foundation, located at 2820 Manatee Ave West, Bradenton.
The program is intended to teach new volunteers how to be Teen Court attorneys in real criminal cases.
According to volunteer and LRHS sophomore Emma Bittar, “Some perks of volunteering include gaining community service hours and seeing how a real courtroom is won. For students who may have interest in the judicial system as a line of work, this program can be very useful to expose them to the experience early.”
Teen Court is a court that local adolescents go through after committing their first felony. It is intended to simulate a real court setting with their peers on a jury and sentencing of between 15-50 community service hours and three to six jury duties.
Volunteers can apply as a clerk or a bailiff, which usually requires just speaking and escorting people in and out of the courtroom. Another volunteer option is an attorney, which allows volunteers to either prosecute the defendant that committed the crime or defend them.