El Dorado County students can learn the inner workings of the juvenile justice system by serving as court personnel.
Students in grades 8 through high school are invited to participate in the Teen Court program in South Lake Tahoe. After training, teens serve as court personnel for real cases where a minor is accused of committing an offense, admitted the offense and has chosen to be judged by peers.
Teen Court training will be held Sept. 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in El Dorado County Superior Court, Dept. 4, 1354 Johnson Blvd., South Lake Tahoe.
“Students manage nearly every aspect of Teen Court, serving as prosecuting and defense attorneys, court clerks, bailiffs and jury members,” said Jorge Orozco, Teen Court coordinator. “Superior Court judges preside over Teen Court and volunteer attorneys help students develop cases. Students learn about the juvenile justice system, and ensure that defendants receive an appropriate and fair sentence.”
Young people interested in Teen Court must attend the volunteer training on Sept. 26. Arrive no later than 4:45 p.m. Teen Court hearings in South Lake Tahoe begin Oct. 17 and continue through May 2014.
Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.