Teen Court is a diversionary program which allows juveniles to receive consequences for their criminal actions but not go through the formal juvenile court system. Referrals are received from Elkhart County Juvenile Probation.
Teen Court is an educational opportunity that helps teen defendants and volunteers to understand our justice system. Teen Court is a voluntary program that allows juvenile Class C misdemeanor defendants to handle their citation through community service and involvement in the judicial process.
Further, Teen Court helps to decrease the workload and expense associated with formal juvenile court proceedings. The student volunteers have been trained to perform the roles of defense attorney, prosecutor, clerk, and bailiff.