Local Students Participate in Teen Court
ABC 7 Eyewitness News Staff
Madison County Juvenile Court swore in eight new members of the court, Monday.
These young people are the newest participants in "Teen Court." The program allows students from public, private and home school settings to act as judge, jury and lawyers for their peers. Volunteer attorneys are acting as mentors. The teens will hear real cases in which the defendant has already pleaded guilty.
Organizers say reinstating the program has helped with the court's already overcrowded docket, while giving the teens priceless experience.
"It will give us great life lessons on how to deal with people and problems," said Alex McCommon, Teen Court participant. "It will just give us good insights on how to handle ourselves in that respect."
Organizers say they are still in need of more students for the program. If you know of a student who is interested, call the Madison County Juvenile Court.