Municipal Court

Teen Court

What is Teen Court?
Lone Tree Teen Court offers a voluntary alternative for eligible youth respondents to the Lone Tree Municipal Court. Teen Court is a diversion-like justice program for youth and run by youth. This unique type of program uses positive peer influence and restorative justice principles to help a respondent address the harm caused after committing a crime. Youth and adult volunteers from the community are a invaluable part of the the Teen Court process. 

The Teen Court process in Lone Tree, called Peer Panels, is run by youth volunteers who ask restorative questions of the respondent and their family. These questions are related to what happened, the impacts of the crime, and how to make it right again. The Peer Panel uses what is shared in the process to create an appropriate and meaningful set of consequences that paves the way to repairing the harm. Teen Court focuses on misdemeanor and youth-related offenses. 



How does Teen Court use Restorative Justice Principles?
Teen Court uses a Balanced & Restorative Justice approach. This approach has three tiers:

Accountability: The Teen Court respondent must work to make things right again by understanding the impacts of what happened and addressing the needs of those impacted. 

Competency Development: Respondents that participate in Teen Court should leave with more skills and knowledge that will encourage positive behavior change. 

Community Engagement & Safety: The program will encourage positive engagement in the community by providing opportunities to take accountability for decisions and behavior. 

Contact

Leanna Jasek-Rysdahl
Teen Court Coordinator
9220 Kimmer Drive
Suite 100
Lone Tree, CO 80124

Ph: 720-509-1265
Fax: 303-225-4949

Teen Court Brochure
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