Jordan Heffner – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Manatee County offers teens a unique volunteer experience that will strengthen their knowledge of the government and being a responsible citizen.

In Teen Court, teens charged with specific offenses may have their sentence determined by a jury of their peers instead of by a Juvenile Court Judge.

teen court flyer
County clerk’s flyer provides Teen Court information

By participating in Teen Court or Teen Court Too, youth volunteers are given the opportunity to gain judicial and legal system knowledge and learn basic life skills such as public speaking. Participating in Teen Court and Teen Court Too is also an easy way for students to earn volunteer hours.

To volunteer, teens must participate in a training session which is open to all youths ages 12-17. This training will teach teenagers how to be a Teen Court or Teen Court Too Attorney in real criminal cases.

The training will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at Manatee Community Foundation. The participants will be provided with lunch and refreshments.

Youth volunteers can perform as prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, court clerks, bailiffs, and jurors. The judge could be either a member of the Florida Bar or a real sitting judge.  Interested Mustangs can read more about teen court job descriptions here.

To become a Teen Court volunteer, each teen must print and fill out the Teen Court Volunteer Form, have a parent or legal guardian sign the form, and mail it to Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court. More youth volunteer information can be found here.

To reserve a spot, call 741-4027 and please RSVP no later than Sept. 20, 2018.

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