Teen Court of Greater Baton Rouge
Teen Court is a voluntary diversion program in which teens sentence their peers for first time misdemeanor offenses such as shoplifting, school altercations and damage to property. Teen volunteers perform the roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiff and jurors. In Teen Court the defendant has admitted guilt, therefore the jury's responsibility is to determine a constructive sentence.
Due to COVID-19, Teen Court hearings are held virtually. Licensed attorneys serve as judges. Defendants are questioned by both the teen defense and prosecution attorneys to determine the circumstances of the offense. After careful consideration of the facts and circumstances, the teen jury determines a fair and constructive sentence, which may include community service and participation in future teen court sessions, counseling, attending educational programs, writing essays and letters of apology and repaying the victim.
For more information about the BRBF Teen Court program, please see the Teen Court Brochure or contact Donna Buuck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-214-5556.