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Posted on: May 30, 2018

Know a teen who loves criminal justice and needs community service? Tell them about Teen Court

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There are many television shows that captivate audiences with the “behind the scenes” of investigators and prosecutors being heroes in their communities. What if a teen in Castle Rock could be a hero just like in the shows? For teens who are interested in becoming a lawyer, judge, court clerk, or law enforcement official, Castle Rock has an opportunity to explore.

Teen Court is a community-based intervention/prevention program that provides an alternative to the justice system for some juvenile offenders. Teen volunteers serve as jury members, attorneys and bailiffs during these real trials for youth offenders. The program is looking for new volunteers and will host a training this summer.

To apply, visit CRgov.com/TeenCourt, or contact Program Coordinator Deborah Westwood, 303-663-6136, or tcourt@CRgov.com. General Legal Training for this program runs June 28 - July 30.

Volunteers must be between the ages 12 to 18. They receive community service credit, experience leadership opportunities and learn about the criminal justice and courts systems.  Parents and practicing attorneys are also invited to volunteer.  

The general legal training is fun, interactive and will include a variety of guest speakers including detectives, court clerks, victim advocates, police corporals and more.

There is also a benefit for the offenders who participate in the program. While holding them accountable, Teen Court also provides education to promote long-term behavioral change that leads to enhanced public safety.    

Learn more at CRgov.com/TeenCourt.

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