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Teen Court Volunteer Job Descriptions


Participates as a member of a six person to twelve-person jury. Teen jury determines the sentence of defendant after reviewing the facts of the case. Using the established sentence grid, the jury must come to a unanimous decision, keeping in mind the assigned consequences are designed to hold the youth responsible for his/her actions, and requires the youth to be accountable to the community and victim. 

Attorneys are assigned in teams of two and sometimes three (two for prosecution, two for defense) per case. A new and inexperienced attorney is assigned with an experienced attorney for the first few cases and/or until the youth is comfortable.  Youth acting as attorneys must be willing to come to court prepared to present their case. Case paperwork must be handled in a confidential manner and shredded upon completion of case. Defense attorneys are asked to call their clients prior to court.

The prosecutor's role is to represent the state; to represent the public interest by requesting a sentence that is strict but fair; to avoid playing Judge, and to maintain respect for the judicial system.

The role of defense attorney is to represent a client zealously within the bounds of the law. The defense attorney must not represent persons if his/her ability to represent them effectively is impaired. Like the prosecutor, the defense attorney has the duty to maintain public respect for the judicial system.

The Master Jury Judge is in charge of the master jury hearing and follows the Master Jury Script. The Judge will ensure that questioning of the witness by jurors is thorough and on-track and that each juror asks a minimum of one question. The Judge stays during deliberations and makes certain that the discussion pertains to the case. The Judge also administers after-sentencing instructions to defendant.

The Bailiff calls the jurors to the jury box at the start of each hearing. Upon completion of the hearing, the bailiff leads the jury to the deliberation room and monitors the jury at all times. After deliberation, the bailiff leads the jury back into the courtroom. The bailiff is also responsible for maintaining order in the courtroom and assisting the Judge upon request.

The clerk sits next to the Judge during the entire court session. The clerk completes the court docket as the cases progress. He/she also assists the Judge upon request.

The clerk assists the Teen Court coordinator prior to court sessions with registration.  As jurors. volunteers, and defendants enter the courtroom, the clerk helps with jury assignment and answers questions.