Monday, April 20, 2015 — Lassen County Teen Court is pleased to invite members of the local community and students interested in the Teen Court program to attend the inaugural Teen Court competition taking place at 5:30 p.m. May 7 at the Hall of Justice, 2610 Riverside Drive, Susanville.
This year’s mock case involves a juvenile found guilty of misdemeanor manslaughter, and there will be two teams of Teen Court commissioners — each competing against the other to present the most effective case possible. The Honorable Michele Verderosa will preside over the hearing, and the winning team will be chosen by a distinguished panel of evaluators consisting of: Lassen County District Attorney Stacey Montgomery; Lassen County Public Defender Rhea Giannotti and Special Prosecutor Dan Howe.
Throughout the school year, the Lassen County Teen Court program provides high school students with an opportunity to directly impact their community through public service as Teen Court commissioners. Commissioners serve as prosecution, defense, bailiff and clerk. They also act as a teen jury, hearing real criminal cases referred to the program for hearing and disposition. Beyond the courtroom, Teen Court provides student volunteers with an opportunity to develop public speaking and critical thinking skills, which will benefit them throughout their academic and professional careers.