Twenty-five students travel to one of the courtrooms at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Photo submitted

Lassen Teen Court members go to San Francisco

Twenty-five Lassen County Teen Court Commissioners recently traveled to San Francisco to visit some of California’s most historic and legally significant sites, including: The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, San Francisco City Hall, Alcatraz Island and Pier 39.

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 appropriate disposition.

The annual Teen Court trip serves as an educational experience for the students and as recognition of the many hours that they dedicate to the Teen Court program. 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.

If you or your student would like more information on the Teen Court program or the fall training for new commissioners, call Chris Vose at 251-8205 ext. 119 or email cvose@lassencourt.ca.gov, or visit the Teen Court link at the Departments & Programs tab of the court’s website. (lassencourt.ca.gov).