Mission: Teen Court’s mission is to use positive peer pressure to encourage at-risk youth to make informed and positive choices.
Teen Court is an alternative system of justice, which offers first-time juvenile offenders an opportunity to take responsibility for their offenses through community service and other educational opportunities.
Teen Court also provides a “hands on” educational experience for student volunteers in our justice system. Teen Court does not determine guilt or innocence; rather, it recommends a constructive sentence for the juvenile defendant that includes restitution, community service hours and educational classes.
A juvenile referred to Teen Court appears before a jury of peers and is defended and prosecuted by peers. Evidence from many sources indicates that not only do young people stay out of trouble following a Teen Court appearance, but the program also saves hundreds of thousands of dollars in community expense and allows the juvenile court system to concentrate more time and energy on critical juvenile offenders.
Teen Court meets the first and third Monday of the month from 5:30 to 8:00pm. This tends to vary based on referrals and amount of youth assigned to a hearing on hearing nights.
Teen Court trainings are held every October. Teen Court is always taking applications and willing to train new volunteers all times of the year.
Asheboro/Randolph Teen Court Program
355 Unit B S. Fayetteville St.
Asheboro, NC 27203
- ● All Teen Court proceedings are conducted by trained youth volunteers.
- ● Teen Court of Randolph County uses the adult judge model. This means all volunteers are youth except the Judge. The jury is composed of youth volunteers as well as defendants.
- ● The jury decides the constructive sentence for youth.
- ● Volunteers will receive monthly trainings and mock trial practice.
- ● Teen Court can also count toward volunteer hours for school clubs.
Teen Court could not operate successfully without the support of our volunteer Judges.
Teen Court always welcomes volunteers to serve as Judge during hearings.
If you are a Judge or Attorney and interested in volunteering please email Pam Resch at Pam.Resch@randolphcountync.gov
What to expect:
The intake is a mandatory appointment where the offender and family meets with the case manager to fill out paperwork and discuss his/her case. The intake can last up to thirty minutes.
What is expected during the intake?
- ● A parent/guardian is required to be present for the intake along with the defendant.
- ● The Teen Court Case Manager will schedule your Teen Court hearing date and deadline for the constructive sentence to be completed.
Teen Court Hearing Process
- ● Defendant must sign in with the Teen Court Coordinator.
- ● Defendant will meet with his/her Defense Attorney.
- ● Defendant will be escorted to the courtroom and he/she will be introduced to the jury to determine if potential jurors know the defendant personally.
- ● The Teen Court Hearing will begin
- ● The Judge instructs jury on determining an appropriate constructive sentence. They are then led to the jury room to deliberate.
- ● Once the Jury reaches a verdict the defendant and parent are called by the Judge. The Judge will then read the verdict and instruct the defendant to meet with the Teen Court Coordinator
Oath of Confidentiality Worksite List
Teen Court Time Sheet Job Performance Rating Defendant Survey
Teen Court is a grant funded program sponsored through the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) and Randolph County Government. Teen Court provides first-time offenders an alternative to Juvenile Court through peer review of their case.
Teen Court’s alternative sentencing and peer review format serves two distinct youth groups.
- ● Are held accountable for their actions
- ● Are given the opportunity to repay their debt to their victims and the community
- ● Have the opportunity to learn positive behavioral patterns
- ● Receive encouragement to act more judiciously
- ● Have the opportunity to clear any criminal record
- ● Have the opportunity to return as a volunteer
- ● The weight of being judged by peers has a corrective influence on conduct and serves as a model for more constructive behavior.
Parent of Defendant Survey
- ● Learn the responsibility of serving their community
- ● Take an active role as a citizen in the judicial process
- ● Have the opportunity to work with an alternative program
- ● Participate in group interactions
- ● Develop community responsibility
- ● Develop public speaking skills
- ● The peer jury sentence makes a strong statement that breaking the law is not acceptable behavior.