Students are trained as attorneys, bailiffs, court clerks and jurors. A volunteer attorney sits on the bench. The judge is allowed to ask questions, they can add a sanction, but cannot take away from the decision of the student jury.
Teen Court is a comprehensive academic and behavioral modification program that addresses several of the most pressing issues in urban public schools: attendance, dropout prevention, parent involvement, and academic remediation. This is a school based program that is used as an alternative to suspensions.
The program has three core pieces which address behavior modification, academic improvement, and family involvement.