An email has been sent to with a link to confirm list signup. Would you like to receive our daily news? Signup today! Edit Article Add New Article. Toggle navigation.
Leon County Teen Court | Judges
Selection of Jurors To be selected as a juror, you must be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid Florida Driver's License or Identification card, and be a resident of Sumter County. Juror names are randomly selected from a list provided by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The names of non-driver Florida Sumter County residents who wish to voluntarily submit affidavits offering their names for possible use in compiling jury lists also may be included. Reporting Please call the jury recording at after P. Jury status updates will also be posted to the Events Calendar located on the home page of this website each Friday before a scheduled Jury Summons date.
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.
Photo by Evan Bevins. Michael Hess, a Parkersburg South High School student and chairman of the committee, said the program would be an option for seventh- through 12th-graders at schools in the city. Principals or school resource officers could refer first-time, non-violent offenders charged with misdemeanors or violations of school rules to the court, which would be presided over by an active or retired judge or attorney in good standing with the West Virginia Bar Association. Students would act as the prosecutors, defense attorneys and jury.