Mission Statement:

To reduce juvenile crime and aid public safety through a volunteer driven and less costly method of justice that includes: positive peer interaction, law related education,  purposeful community service projects, and life skills training.

Teen Court is a diversion program designated for first-time, misdemeanor offenders between the ages of 10 – 17.  It gives these youth a second chance, yet holds them accountable for their actions.  The program directs cases away from juvenile court to prevent adjudication and arrest records.  Teen Court uses a multitude of referral processes and specialized programming to facilitate a positive peer culture that seeks to deter at risk youth from further involvement in criminal or offensive behavior.

TEEN COURT

Teen Court provides a forum for defendants (who have admitted guilt) to explain their involvement in the offense. Specially trained teenagers fulfill the roles of prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, bailiff, and jury.  The only adult in the courtroom is the judge, who is a practicing attorney or judge that approves the sentence.   Teen Court is based on the philosophy that a youthful law violator is less likely to continue to be an offender when a peer jury decides punishment.

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TRUANCY TEEN COURT

Truancy Teen Court is specifically designed to target middle school aged students who are losing interest or motivation to attend school. It allows teen peers to utilize positive peer pressure to encourage the student to continue regular attendance in school. It is a rewards based program and incentives may be given for reaching predetermined milestones in regards to school attendance and/or performance.

 

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CIVIL CITATION

Civil Citation is an alternative to arrest referral process for youth 10-17 years of age who commit certain first time misdemeanor offenses.  Florida Statute 985.12 gives law enforcement authorization to issue the youth a civil citation in lieu of arrest.  Teen Court is the service providing entity for Civil Citation in the 4th Judicial Circuit, FL.

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NEIGHBORHOOD

ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD

Neighborhood Accountability Boards represent a community based decision making process aimed at repairing harm brought on by crime. This process incorporates Restorative Justice principles such as focusing the attention on what harm was done, what needs to be done to repair the harm, and what level of repair the responsible party can realistically accomplish. The response to harm should meet the needs of the victim, juvenile offender, and community (to include teenage citizens).

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DUVAL'S ALTERNATIVE TO ARREST PROGRAM

Duval’s Alternative To Arrest (DATA) is a direct referral process designed for school administrators to make direct referrals to Teen Court.  It’s sole purpose is to prevent unnecessary arrest, expulsions and/or referrals to alternative schools that occur as a result of zero tolerance laws.  The referrals are made for school code of conduct violations in lieu of criminal infractions.

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Duval County Teen & Truancy Court

501 W. Adams St. / Suite 2321

Jacksonville, FL 32202

Office: (904) 255-1030

Fax: (904) 255-1028

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