One such option is Teen Court, a diversion program available to qualifying first-time juvenile offenders. Youth who get in trouble at school can be referred directly from law enforcement and School Resource Officers at the time of the incident. Other youth may be diverted from Juvenile and District Court rather than going through formal adult prosecution. Student defendants must agree to be held accountable for their actions by accepting and completing the sentence given by the peer jury. Youth volunteers learn how the judicial system works, and provide a valuable community service which may meet Beta Club, National Honor Society, or other school-related service requirements. Participating in Teen Court empowers youth to be decision makers, public speakers, and critical thinkers, and teaches them that even as youth, they have the ability to hold themselves and others to high standards of behavior in their schools and communities.
Teen Court is the only program in both Buncombe County that specifically receives referrals for first-time offenders. Our intent is to reduce recidivism by diverting clients from the juvenile court system or out-of-school suspension. Buncombe County Teen Court Clients referred to the Teen Court program that occurs at the Buncombe County Courthouse are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their offense by participating in court proceedings held by trained youth and adult volunteers. Sentencing for clients includes community service, projects, and interactive journals.
Midland Teen Court provides an alternative system of justice for the youth to promote accountability and community engagement. Teens Helping Teens! Midland Teen Court uses youth participation as an alternative system of justice and educational opportunity, which offers young offenders an opportunity to accept responsibility and make restitution for offenses. Teen Court works to make all participating youth better citizens, both now and in the future by motivating the youth toward self-improvement, including to develop healthy attitudes toward authority, to be responsible and accountable for their actions. Most youth will serve as jurors in later life; Midland Teen Court serves as training for that service, providing experience at weighing issues and reaching a decision while working with others.
Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about. Skip to Main Content. Sign In. Teens, 15 years of age and older, are trained to defend and prosecute cases in Teen Court.