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Manatee County Clerk’s Teen Court Holds Virtual Training in May

If your teen is interested in participating in the Manatee Clerk’s Office Teen Court/Teen Court Too Program as an Attorney, we are inviting them to an upcoming training program.  Training for volunteer youth attorneys will take place Virtually via Zoom, on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.

The training will educate teens on how to be a Teen Court/Teen Court Too Attorney in real criminal cases.  Attendees will gain legal and judicial system knowledge, learn public speaking skills and earn volunteer hours for graduation, Bright Futures and other scholarships.  The training is open to children ages 12 to 17 years of age. Virtual lunch will be from 12:00 – 12:30 pm. Volunteer hours will be given upon completion. Please RSVP by Friday, April 23rd. The class is limited to the first 20-teens to register.

Teen Court was established in 1991 as a pre-trial diversionary program for first-time juvenile offenders, ages 10-17, who admit guilt to selected misdemeanor offenses and some court ordered non-violent felony offenses.  Instead of adults in the legal system deciding their fate, their peers do.  A group of middle and high school volunteers work as prosecution and defense attorneys, clerks, bailiffs, and jury members.  They help decide the offender’s penalty for disobeying a law or rule. 

If your teen is interested in participating in the program and training, please call (941) 741-4027 to sign up.  You can also e-mail the following individuals to sign up and/or for more information.

Yantee Hines
Yantee.Hines@manateeclerk.com

Vicky Alvarez
Vicky.Alvarez@manateeclerk.com