Teen Court Offers Insight to Justice System

The cases of teens facing charges in Mobile County Juvenile Court may soon rest in the hands of other teens.  Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich announced today the formation of the county’s first teen court.

Rich partnered with Mobile Police, Juvenile Court and Mobile County Public Schools to form teen court.  It is being administered through Leflore Magnet High Schools Academy of Law.  Four students have already completed the program and will soon begin trying cases of other young people.

The misdemeanor cases will be chose from Juvenile court.  The teen attorneys will be supervised by a real prosecutor, defense attorney and judge.  Decisions on guilt or innocence and punishment will stand.

It is hoped other Leflore students will sign up to participate in teen court.  It is all done outside of regular classroom work.  There is a $25 fee for students to participate.  More than two dozen other students are now enrolled in law classes through the Leflore academy.

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