Pima County Teen Court is a diversion program for minors
who have been arrested and have admitted guilt to their crime.
These teens choose to be sentenced by a jury of their peers
instead of going through the Pima County Juvenile Justice
Court system. All participants in the courtroom are
teens, except for the judge. Teen Court works because
the teens are judged by their peers. While the negative influences
of peer pressure often lead teens to make poor choices, Teen
Court depends on positive peer pressure and parental involvement
for the success of it's program.
What is Pima County Teen Court?
In Pima County Teen Court, a defendant is judged
by a jury of his/her peers. All of the participants
in the courtroom are teens, except the judge.
Teen Court works because teens are judging other
teens. Just as peer pressure can be negative, with
Teen Court positive peer pressure is the key!
Because Teen Court is a diversion program, upon successful completion, the defendant will not receive a conviction on his/her record.