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Florida Teen Courts

Teen Court is a voluntary diversion program from Juvenile Court or school suspension and provides the following:

  • A forum for defendants to explain their involvement in the offense
  • A structured environment in which the words an actions of defendants who admit their wrongful acts are evaluated and judged by their peers
  • The opportunity for defendants to accept responsibility for their actions by fulfilling the jury’s sentence of community services and future jury duty assignments- both of which are designed to be constructive and rehabilitative
tc sarasotaAbove: Sarasota County Teen Court program.

Fundamental Principles 

  • Respect for confidentiality
  • Development of objectivity
  • Respect for the rights of others
  • Development of personal values
  • Respect for societal values
  • Acceptance of responsibility
  • Respect for the justice system