Oneida County Teen Court

Apply to be on the Oneida County Teen Court today!

2022 Oneida County Teen Court Application or call 715-365-2750 and staff can help you apply.

Being a Oneida County Teen Court panelist opens new doors for teens.

  • Receive hands-on learning opportunities and training on local government agencies, such as law enforcement, social services, and the court system.

  • Help youth learn from their past and make better decisions moving forward.

  • Receive quality training from a University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Extension in Oneida County educator.

  • Gain new contacts for job reference and become eligible to receive a letter of recommendation from UW-Madison Division of Extension staff.

  • Meet others who interested in participating in new learning experiences like you.

  • Develop leadership skills.

  • Learn about different backgrounds and cultures.

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WHAT IS IT?

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 by making a difference in the lives of other youth.

Oneida County Teen Court offers eligible youth an alternative to the Juvenile Court system.  Offenders receive a sentence from their peers rather than a judge.  This gives the youth offenders an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions.  It provides positive peer pressure with community-based consequences.  For those serving on the Teen Court Panel, it is a chance to make a positive difference in the lives of other young people.

When juvenile offenders successfully complete their Teen Court sentence, they will have the charge removed from their record.  This is a real second chance to prove that mistakes can be turned into positive choices.

WHERE IS IT?

Oneida County Teen Court cases are heard three ways:  In person at the Courthouse in Rhinelander, in person on campus at Lakeland Union High School, or virtually over Zoom.

WHEN IS IT?

The schedule varies but typically courthouse cases are heard early on Tuesdays or Thursdays; Lakeland cases in the afternoons on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays; and Zooms on Monday or Thursday evenings.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

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
    • Obstructing
    • Curfew violations
    • Truancy
    • Disorderly conduct
    • Shoplifting, theft or vandalism
    • DNR violations under any of the following:
      • Chapter 23 (ATV)
      • Chapter 29 (Hunting & Fishing)
      • Chapter 30 (Boating)
      • Chapter 350 (Snowmobiling)
      • NR45 (Parks and Recreation)
  • The youth offender must admit to committing the offense with which they have been charged.
  • The youth offender must also be willing to participate in Teen Court and be willing to follow its rules.
  • The youth offender must have a parent or legal guardian who is willing to accompany them to Teen Court.

Teen Court Brochure for Respondents

TEEN COURT PANEL MEMBERS

Teen Court Panel Members must be in 9th – 12th grade and undergo training to be a panel member.  These youth learn about the law, how to phrase a question properly, conflict resolution, how to look beyond the error and help the youth, how to take responsibility and much more.  Youth apply through their schools or the UW-Extension office.

HOW TO APPLY

Be a part of Teen Court – become a Teen Court Panel member. Oneida Teen Court is now accepting applications.  Print the application and mail or email to:

Sharon Krause, Positive Youth Development Extension Educator
UW Extension Oneida County, Nicolet College, PO Box 518, Rhinelander, WI  54501    715-365-2750     sharon.krause@wisc.edu

Panelist Brochure

Job Description 2020

2022 Oneida County Teen Court Application


Questions? Need clarification? Contact:

Sharon Krause, Positive Youth Development Extension Educator

Phone: 715-365-2750    Cell:  608-381-2661   Email: sharon.krause@wisc.edu

 

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