Youth are recruited from the local middle and high schools in Lawrence County. Teen respondents who have successfully completed their court requirements are also eligible and encouraged to volunteer. All volunteers MUST attend training which is facilitated by licensed attorneys. Training is held monthly with debriefing training following each court night.
Adults are recruited to assist on court nights as court monitors and organizational personnel. Each court hearing, there is one adult monitor that sits in on court and the jury deliberation to assure that proper procedures are being followed. Adult volunteers are also utilized to check in the students on the court night, monitor the hallways, assure that the jury panels are seated and general housekeeping duties. Lawrence County Teen Court utilize adult volunteers from the local police departments, local attorneys, law clerks, and liaison officers. All volunteers have previously passed background checks.
Everything we do with Teen Court is confidential so we can’t allow people to observe Teen Court. So, we offer an open house to allow the public to come and observe a mock trial to see how the process works.
Mock Trial Competition
Annual competition in which teen courts from across the state gather to learn from the other courts and compete against each other.
First Friday after Labor Day every year.
We use this night to recognize our volunteers hard work and hand out scholarships to our graduating seniors.
Ways Teen Court Gives Back
Senior Tree/Elder Tree:
Teens partner with local law enforcement to deliver gifts to elderly who may not otherwise have a Christmas.
We partner with the VFW Auxiliary to do chalk art from Deadwood City Hall to the VFW during Suicide Prevention Week.
CASA Half Marathon:
Our kids run one of the water stops during the marathon.
We help out many other non-profits by providing volunteers for their events- i.e. trash clean up at Festival in the Park, Food Drives for 4H, helping set up and tear down at sporting events, etc.