What is Teen Court?
Teen Court gives youth who are first-time offenders a second chance. It also provides an opportunity for teens to make a positive impact in their communities through volunteering as a Teen Court Panelist. Panelists work as a team to interview families and assign sanctions (consequences) utilizing Restorative Justice practices. Their goal is to educate, not punish, so offenders can move past their mistakes in a positive way.
Oneida County Teen Court offers eligible youth an alternative to the Juvenile Court system. It gives them an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions, learn from mistakes, and make better decisions in the future. Research shows youth typically care a great deal about the opinions of peers, so oftentimes observations from the panelists have more of an impact than those of adults.
When juvenile offenders successfully complete their Teen Court sanctions, their case is dismissed. The deadline to complete sanctions varies from 1 to 6 weeks.
Join Teen Court
1. Click Join Here below to fill out an online application.
2. Download the PDF version and mail or email to Sharon Krause.
About Teen Court
Who is Eligible to Participate in Teen Court?
To be eligible to participate in Teen Court, a youth offender must be referred by the county department of social services, the county district attorney, the department of Natural Resources, or the Circuit or Municipal Court. In addition, the youth offender MUST meet EACH of the following requirements.
The youth offender must be between the ages of 10 and 16 (17-18 year old, 1st time alcohol offenders), be a first time offender and have committed a misdemeanor crime or ordinance violation such as:
- Tobacco or Alcohol Offenses
- Curfew Violations
- Disorderly Conduct
- Shopping, Theft, Vandalism
- DNR Violations – Chapters 23, 29, 30, 350 or NR45.
Youth offender must admit to committing the offense they have been charged with.
Youth offender must be willing to participate in Teen Court and be willing to follow its rules.
Youth offender must have a parent or legal guardian who is willing to accompany them to Teen Court.
Need further assistance? Contact:
Sharon Krause, Oneida County Community Youth Development Educator