PCSSD TEEN COURT
Teen court is a tribunal of young people who have been trained to hear actual cases of offenses committed by other youth. Teen court participants serve as judge, jury and advocates and impose sanctions that reflect restorative justice principles. In order for a case to be heard by a teen court, a youth must first admit responsibility for his/her actions. Sanctions, which often include community service, reflective essays and letters of apology, provide an opportunity for youths to redress the discipline infractions committed on school premises and learn how to make better decisions going forward. Teen courts can also link young people and their families to community resources that promote positive youth development.