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Teen Court program offers unique opportunities

Lakewood’s Teen Court program offers an exceptional after-school program for teens that will teach them public speaking and other skills while handling real-life issues.

Offered by Lakewood’s Municipal Court, this free program is an educational tool that enables youth to actively participate in the justice system by acting as defense attorneys, prosecutors, bailiffs and jury members. In Teen Court, a trial takes place with the teen volunteers and a teen jury panel that determines the sentence for a first-time juvenile offender who has pleaded guilty to a municipal court violation. Sentences include community service and Teen Court jury service, but the teen jury can require the offender also to complete classes, write essays and apology letters or complete any other appropriate conditions.

The program can build confidence and allows teens to meet other students throughout the Lakewood area. Participants must be 13-18 years of age, and Teen Court starts at 5 p.m. every other Tuesday during the school year at the City’s Public Safety Building, 445 S. Allison Parkway.

Teen Court for fall semester: Aug. 26-Dec. 2, 2014
Teen Court for spring semester: Jan. 13-May 12, 2015

Teens or parents can contact Jennifer Zubalik with Lakewood’s Probation Department at 303-987-7442 or to receive more information about the program and how to participate.

Posted on: Thursday, August 14, 2014