Buffalo / Pepin County Teen Court

 

Buffalo/Pepin County Circuit Court Judge Jamie Duvall meets with ten new Teen Court panelists trained on April 5, 2017. New members include: Alex McMahon, Danielle Klein, Abby Gaulke, Emma Brecka, Maya Jungwirth, Gabby Redfern, Trista Lay, Alyssa Kosidowski, Bella Schmidtknecht and Emily Strom.

Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court accepts applications for New Panelists after the first of the year. Applications must be emailed, faxed, or mailed in by February 1, 2018.

Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court panelists conducted mock trials with middle school students from Mondovi, CFC, Alma and Pepin Schools in December 2016. Learn more about the results and impacts in the 2016 Mock Trials Evaluative Report. View the handouts parents received about talking to their children about underage drinking with the Underage Drinking Parent Handout for Mock Trials.

 

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Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court hosted the 2015 Wisconsin Teen Court Association State Conference! For photos, resources, and more information regarding the conference, click HERE.

 

Learn more about Buffalo / Pepin  County Teen Court:

Teen Court Resource Hub

Teen Court Brochure

 

2015 Buffalo-Pepin County Teen Court Annual Report

2014 Buffalo-Pepin County Teen Court Annual Report

2013 Buffalo-Pepin County Teen Court Annual Report 

Teen Court in the News

Teen Court Panelist Training is an opportunity for new and experienced panelists to learn about the principles of Restorative Justice.

Teen Court Panelist Training is an opportunity for new and experienced panelists to learn about the principles of Restorative Justice.

Buffalo/Pepin Teen Court Panelists proudly wear their new polo shirts displaying the new Teen Court logo.

Buffalo/Pepin Teen Court Panelists proudly wear their new polo shirts displaying the new Teen Court logo.

At Teen Court Panelist Training, experienced panelists conduct a mock trial.

At Teen Court Panelist Training, experienced panelists conduct a mock trial.

Experienced Teen Court panelists serve as coaches for new panelists during their first hearing.

What is Teen Court?

Teen Court offers eligible youth an alternative to appearing in Juvenile Court.  They have an opportunity to receive a meaningful consequence from a jury of their peers.

Why a Teen Court?

Teen Court offers eligible youth an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions.  It provides positive peer pressure with community based consequences.

Who is eligible?

The Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court will serve youth ages 10-16 years who commit first time violations of offenses such as:

  • Disorderly Conduct
  • No Valid Driver’s License
  • Damage to Property/Vandalism
  • Shoplifting/Retail Theft
  • Trespassing
  • DNR/Park Offenses, Littering,    Curfew, or ATV violations
  • Possession of Alcohol, Tobacco or  Marijuana
  • Truancy
  • Unlawful Use of a Telephone

Referrals for Teen Court will come from the Court, Law Enforcement, Schools or Human Services.

How Does Teen Court Operate?

  1.  The offender appears before a panel of three to five teen judge panelists.
  2. Panelists will be from a local school district, excluding the offender’s school.
  3. Panelists have received specialized  training in court procedures.
  4. A parent or legal guardian is required to attend the session with the offender.
  5. Offender must admit the violation offense.
  6. Panelists discuss the offense with the   offender to determine why the offense  occurred and determine the most effective consequences.
  7. Panelists may question parents.
  8. Panelists decide the consequences which may include essays, community service,  apology letter or other innovative sanctions.
  9. A coordinator monitors the offender’s performance of the sentencing guidelines.
  10. Offender pays a small fee towards the cost of Teen Court.
  11. All procedures are confidential.
  12. If offender successfully completes the work, the case is closed without the offender     receiving a conviction record.
  13. If offender is unsuccessful in completing    sentence the offender will be returned to the referring agency.

 Who benefits from Teen Court?

  • Youth are given an opportunity for a real second chance to prove that  mistakes can be turned into positive choices.   When juvenile offenders  successfully complete their Teen Court sentence, they will have their case dismissed.
  • The juvenile becomes responsible for his/her actions.
  • Community service-learning  projects will be more meaningful to the youth and their respective   communities.
  • The community is able to see teens  being held accountable for their actions.
  • Teen judge panelists gain a sense of responsibility and they encourage peers to stop behaviors that reflect all teens.  They also have the opportunity to  participate in the juvenile justice system and examine possible career  opportunities.
  • Adult volunteers are given the  opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our youth.

 

Buffalo / Pepin Teen Court Public Service Announcement – Click on the Photo Below

Direct Referral Information for Buffalo & Pepin County School Districts and Law Enforcement Agencies:

Direct Referral Guidelines & Process

Direct Referral Form

 

Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court Panelist Mini-Trainings:

2013-2014 Panelist Mini-Training Evaluation Report

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At the workforce readiness mini-training, student panel members discuss resumes for themselves and peer offenders.

Panelists develop a better understanding of cyberbullying sanction options by participating in the online course.

Panelists develop a better understanding of cyberbullying sanction options by participating in the online course.

Experienced panelists serve as mentors to help new panelists gain skills and knowledge of the Teen Court process.

Experienced panelists serve as mentors to help new panelists gain skills and knowledge of the Teen Court process.

Panelists work through mock cases to gain confidence and to be better prepared for Teen Court hearings.

Panelists work through mock cases to gain confidence and to be better prepared for Teen Court hearings.

Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court Advisory Board Meeting Minutes:

Teen Court Advisory Board Meeting Minutes August 2015

Teen Court Advisory Board Meeting Minutes February 2015

Teen Court Advisory Board Meeting Minutes September 2014

Teen Court Advisory Board Meeting Minutes April 2014

Teen Court Advisory Board Meeting Minutes January 2014

 

For additional information about Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court please contact Teen Court Coordinators:

Annie Lisowski

Teen Court Co-Coordinator

4-H Youth Development Educator

Buffalo County UW-Extension

Buffalo County Courthouse

407 S. 2nd St

PO Box 276

Alma, WI

Voice: 608-685-6256

annie.lisowski@ces.uwex.edu

Marie Ritscher

 Teen Court Co-Coordinator

 4-H Youth Development Agent

 Pepin County UW-Extension

 Pepin County Government Center

 740 7th Avenue W

 Pox Box 39

 Durand, WI 54736

 Voice: 715-672-5214

 marie.ritscher@ces.uwex.edu

 

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