Teen Court

Through Volunteers for Youth’s Teen Court program, adolescents and teens come together in a courtroom setting to determine consequences for peers who have gotten into trouble.

Program details

After admitting responsibility for a low level offense, youth aged eleven to eighteen may be referred to Teen Court by law enforcement officials, judges, or court counselors. Participation in Teen Court is voluntary and confidential.

Teen Court is staffed by trained youth volunteers who serve in various capacities within the program, acting in the roles of attorneys, clerks, bailiffs, and jurors. An adult volunteer serves as the judge presiding over court proceedings. As in traditional court, the volunteer attorneys present the facts of the case to the court, and the peer jury is responsible for rendering a constructive sentence.  All sentences include jury duty service and community service, and may also include additional requirements such as apology letters, online classes, and other restorative sanctions.

2023 Teen Court Schedule

Teen Court sessions are generally held two Mondays a month and alternate between the new and historic courthouses in Hillsborough.
Click here for detailed directions to the courthouses.

  • January 8th
  • January 22nd
  • February 5th
  • Febraury 19th
  • March 4th
  • March 18th
  • April 8th
  • April 22nd
  • May 6th
  • May 20th
  • June 3rd
  • June 17th

*It is likely these sessions will be held at the Historic Courthouse.

This is a tentative schedule. Participants and volunteers will receive confirmation emails prior to each scheduled date.

Court Arrival Times

Teen Court starts promptly at 7:00 PM.
Teen attorneys and defendants should arrive by 6:30 PM.
Jurors should arrive by 6:50 PM.

More Information

For more information, please contact the program coordinator:

Jamella Smith: jamella@volunteersforyouth.org

Nicolle Verdin: nicolle@volunteersforyouth.org

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