Twenty-five Teen Court Commissioners traveled to one of the courtrooms at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco last year. Photo submitted

Lassen County Teen Court back in session

The Lassen County Teen Court invites interested high school students to attend the new commissioner training night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Hall of Justice, 2610 Riverside Drive, Susanville.

Registration is not required, but students planning to attend should bring a completed application, located online at the Teen Court page under the “Departments & Programs” menu of the court’s website, lassencourt.ca.gov.

Teen Court Commissioners are local high school students who receive specialized training from local professionals who work in the justice system. After students complete the initial training, they become Teen Court Commissioners who assume the roles of attorney, court clerk, bailiff or juror. They meet once or twice per month to hear real cases referred to the Teen Court program, and they decide appropriate sentencing terms for the juvenile defendants.

Students join Teen Court to: Stand out on college applications; provide service to their community; develop public speaking skills; and learn about the justice system. They also enjoy court-sponsored field trips to places like San Francisco —Alcatraz, California Supreme Court, San Francisco City Hall, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 — or Sacramento —California Court of Appeals for the 3rd District the California State Capitol, Old Town and Youth Court Conferences at various colleges and universities throughout the state.

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For more information, visit the Teen Court page under the “Departments & Programs” menu on the court’s website, at lassencourt.ca.gov, or call Kimberlee Chao at 251-8205 ext. 143, email [email protected]; call, Chris Vose at 251-8205, ext. 119, or email [email protected]