Adams County Diversion has been providing services for many years to first time offending youth and young adults who are referred by the County Attorney. Diversion presently has additional contracts with Clay, Fillmore, Nuckolls and Webster Counties and has been providing Diversion Services in those outlying areas as well. We offer life skills assessments and behavioral risk assessments to all Diversion and Teen Court referrals in Adams County as well as to Diversion referrals from the other counties. To be considered for Diversion or Teen Court, the youth must admit guilt and be willing to proceed with the consequences of their actions.
What is Teen Court?
About - Adams County Teen Court
Youth courts train teenagers to handle real-life cases involving their peers, offering a restorative response to misbehavior. Youth courts use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses pay back the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system. Youth courts hear a range of low-level crimes; many handle cases that would otherwise wind up in Family Court or Criminal Court. The Center also assists local jurisdictions in their efforts to establish youth courts. Harlem Youth Court members learn how to use a sling shot during their annual team-building retreat.
Teen court is a volunteer program that allows juvenile Class C misdemeanor offenders to pay for their citation by completing community service hours. Defendants' cases are presented to a jury of their peers. Volunteer teen attorneys will represent the defendant. Teen jurors assign community service hours according to the discipline grid. Upon successful completion, the case is dismissed.
A teen court sometimes called youth court or peer court is a problem-solving court within the juvenile justice system where teens charged with certain types of offenses can be sentenced by a jury of same-aged peers. Depending on their training, community support, and agreements with traditional court systems, most teen or youth courts are recognized as valid, legal venues for the process of hearing cases , sentencing and sentence fulfillment. Teen courts and their verdicts are not authorized by public law. Teen courts are staffed by youth volunteers who serve in various capacities within the program, trained and acting in the roles of jurors , lawyers , bailiffs , and clerks. Most teen courts are sentencing courts in which the offender has already admitted guilt or pleaded no contest.