Teens helping Teens

      Experience Something Positive

 

                                    Carlos Martinez                         Diana Garcia                                       Bernice Hinojos
            Hobbs Police Resource Officers and Bailiff
Courtroom Monitor

Volunteer Youth Attorneys

Our volunteer youth attorneys range from 6th grade - 12th grade.

Youth Attorneys :   

Seniors:            

 Kyleigh Hutchins                     Samuel Lopez  

 Zabdi Carillo

 Juniors:

 Robert Cantu                           Ronald Wallace

 Yaizeth Mares                          Mehida Carrilo

 Sophomores:

 Mariana Gonzalez                  Indra Gutierrez

 Freshmen                    

 

8th Graders:

 Zhoi Mendoza                          

7th Graders:

                              

 

6th Graders:

Youth Advisor: Kyleigh Hutchins, Yaizeth Mares, Robert Cantu, Kade Bennett

 

 

 Teen Court is an innovative concept that introduces High School and Middle School Sudents and young offenders to a real-life courtroom environment with the primary

players being the teens themselves; in roles of prosecuting attornyes and defense attorneys and jurors. Local Attorney's,  District Attorney's, Public Defenders preside over the cases voluntarily and Law Enforcement serve as bailiff's. It is not the responsibility of Teen Court to determine innocence or guilt, but rather to hold offenders accountable for their actions by imposing sentences of community service hours, jury duty and tutoring. To ensure fair sentences, the jury utilizes a sentencing grid that specifies consequences of gradual severity corresponding to the offense. Admission of guilt is a prerequisite to participation in the program.

Teen Court participation is strictly voluntarily, but once entered the process they must successfully complete their sentence or their case is returned to the referring agency for further disposition. A mandatory sentencing directive is to serve on a Teen Court jury. When given the supportive opportunities for success and "hands-on" experience of how our judicial system works, a teenager's chances for steering clear of violating the law are significanlty improved.  

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