FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Central South Dakota Teen Court will be hosting a Mock Trial/Open House event this evening in Fort Pierre. Teen court is a two-pronged program-according to Program Coordinator Kellie Shuman. She says Teen Court is for youth who are facing various pending charges and it is also a prevention program in which teen volunteers become part of the “court” process-serving as judges, jury members, prosecutors and lawyers. Shuman says youngsters who are being charged for various crimes and come before teen court usually admit the wrong they have committed and must take part in community service as part of their sentence.
Shuman says everyone is invited to stop by tonight’s open house event at the Stanley County Courthouse to see the program at work.
Shuman says recently, organizers have been including some middle-schoolers in the program-to spark interest in the court process in some younger teens.
Most cases that go through Teen Court are drug or alcohol related. Shuman says the rest are generally petty theft or curfew cases. Tonight’s open house for Teen Court starts at 6:30 p.m. Teen volunteers will present a mock case to demonstrate how the program works and show exactly what the volunteers who are part of teen court must do. For more information on Central SD Teen Court, visit with Shuman at 223-7689.
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