Lassen County Teen Court invites interested high school and junior high students to attend the new commissioner training night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Photo submitted

Teen Court is back, members sought

Lassen County Teen Court invites interested high school and junior high students to attend the new commissioner training night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Hall of Justice, 2610 Riverside Drive, in Susanville.

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

Teen Court Commissioners are local high school and junior high 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, where they can visit Alcatraz, the California Supreme Court, San Francisco City Hall, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, Sacramento, where they can check out the California Court of Appeals for the Third District, the State Capitol and Old Town. They also attend Youth Court Conferences at colleges and universities throughout the state.

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