Paying these dues allows the individuals affiliated with the local program to become active members, although each local program only has one vote, regardless of how many members join. The funds raised from collecting the dues are used to manage the business matters of the organization. Joining the NCTCA gives local programs the opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills, while also meeting others who do similar work. This facilitates growth by promoting new perspectives as they look ideas or find solutions to pressing issues.
Fortunately, North Carolina already has a system that addresses kids who may not fit the definition of an at-risk juvenile, yet need to be held accountable for their actions. Teen Court is a diversion program for first-time, low-level misdemeanor offenders. It capitalizes on the positive effects of peer pressure. Except for the judge and assisting Assistant District Attorneys, all participants in the courtroom are teens acting as clerks, bailiffs, attorneys, and jurors. The jurors have had their cases heard previously by the Teen Court. The court can impose fines, community service, counseling, and classes.
Teen Court, What is it? Teen Court is a diversion program designed for youth offenders, age , who have no prior criminal record, and are still enrolled in school. Youth make restitution for their offense through community service, jury duty, and educational assignments. Participation in the program is voluntary and based on the understanding that the defendant must admit guilt. The program is designed to inform youth offenders about the court system, and to allow them to explain their involvement in the offense to a group of their peers in a court setting.
The North Carolina Teen Court Association was created for the purpose of serving as a link to bring all local Teen Court programs together as a unit. Our mission statement says it best; our goal is to promote, encourage, and support the development and implementation of Teen Court programs across North Carolina. We are proud to serve as a central source to unite Teen Court Programs across the state. Cynthia L.