Youth Helping Youth
The Green River Municipal Court is only one of three Municipal Courts in teh State of Wyoming to hold Teen Court. Teen Court is an alternative sentencing program for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 who are charged with a first offense, the maximum penalty for which does not exceed six months imprisonment and/or a fine of $750. A youth charged with a motor vehicle code violation, alcohol related violation, curfew violation, or any other ordinance is eligible for Teen Court as long as it is a first offense of any kind.
After sentencing by a jury of their peers, a teen court defendant must complete his/her sentence to have the criminal charge dismissed by the supervising judge. It is important to note that Teen Court juries cannot impose jail time.
Teen Court is an educational experience for youth sponsored by the Municipal Court of Green River. For more information, please call (307) 872-0550.
The goal of Teen Court is to intervene in early antisocial, delinquent, and criminal behavior, and to reduce the incidence of and prevent the escalation of such behavior. Teen Court is premised on the belief that positive peer pressure will yield positive results
. The Teen Court goal is to also foster good citizenship and assist in positive, timely, and practical resolution of routine juvenile misdemeanor offenses. The goal is to provide accountability for one's actions and strengthen the offender's ties to school, community, and positive peer role models in the community.
Successful completion of Teen Court requirements within the specified time frame will result in dismissal of the case. It will also allow the teenager to become acquainted with the judicial system and experience the satisfaction of contributing to the community while gaining valuable work experience.
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