A youth is stopped by a St. Clair County Law Enforcement Officer who decides to charge the youth with a non-violent misdemeanor offense. Youth has no criminal background. Youth is offered Teen Court alternative by recommendation of the State’s Attorney’s Office. Teen Court Administrator contacts teen and parent and has a personal meeting with them.
1. Youth accepts Teen Court.
2. Youth pleads guilty to offense charge. (written form)
3. Youth signs consent to participate in Teen Court.
4. Parent/guardian signs consent.
5. Youth is given Teen Court date on a Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department at a courtroom there.
6. Youth has hearing within 30 days of Teen Court interview.
7. Peer Jury imposes restorative justice remedy after hearing case.
8. Remedy is completed/ reviewed within 90 days of Teen Court hearing.
9. If successful completion, no charge is filed. If it is not completed, charge is sent to St. Clair County State’s Attorney for filing and possible prosecution.