WHAT IS IT?
An opportunity to give first-time offenders with the law a true second chance OR an opportunity for youth (not in trouble) to help make a difference in other young people’s lives.
WHERE IS IT?
There are two Teen Court locations:
Minocqua (Lakeland Union High School) –
While the Town Hall is under construction, Teen Court will be held at LUHS in Minocqua until further notice. LUHS is located at 9573 Old Hwy 70, Minocqua WI – for more information go to: http://www.luhs.k12.wi.us
Rhinelander (Oneida County Courthouse – County Board Room)
WHEN IS IT?
Teen Court is usually held one day per month at each site – typically the third Wednesday in Rhinelander and the fourth Monday in Minocqua.
Oneida County Teen Court offers eligible youth an alternative to the Juvenile Court system. Offenders receive a sentence from their peers rather than a judge. This gives the youth offenders an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions. It provides positive peer pressure with community-based consequences. For those serving on the Teen Court Panel, it is a chance to make a positive difference in the lives of other young people.
When juvenile offenders successfully complete their Teen Court sentence, they will have the charge removed from their record. This is a real second chance to prove that mistakes can be turned into positive choices.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
To be eligible to participate in Teen Court, a youth offender must be referred by the county department of social services, the county district attorney, the department of Natural Resources or the Circuit or Municipal Court. In addition, the youth offender MUST meet EACH of the following requirements:
- The youth offender must be between the ages of 10 and 16 (17-18 year old, 1st time alcohol offenders), be a first time offender and have committed a misdemeanor crime or ordinance violation such as:
- Tobacco or alcohol offenses
- Curfew violations
- Disorderly conduct
- Shoplifting, theft or vandalism
- DNR violations under any of the following:
- Chapter 23 (ATV)
- Chapter 29 (Hunting & Fishing)
- Chapter 30 (Boating)
- Chapter 350 (Snowmobiling)
- NR45 (Parks and Recreation)
- The youth offender must admit to committing the offense with which they have been charged.
- The youth offender must also be willing to participate in Teen Court and be willing to follow its rules.
- The youth offender must have a parent or legal guardian who is willing to accompany them to Teen Court.
TEEN COURT PANEL MEMBERS
Teen Court Panel Members must be in 9th – 12th grade and must undergo one or two, all-day trainings and one afternoon of mock trials to be a panel member. These youth learn about the law, how to phrase a question properly, conflict resolution, how to look beyond the error and help the youth, how to take responsibility and much more. Youth apply through their schools or the UW-Extension office during January and February and are trained in March for their period of service.
HOW TO APPLY
Be a part of Teen Court – become a Teen Court Panel member. Print the application (application form-2013) and mail or fax to:
Lynn Feldman, 4-H Youth Development Agent/Teen Court Coordinator
3375 Airport Road, Stop 10
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Questions? Need clarification? Contact:
Phone: 715-365-2750 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org