Nicasa Teen Court, established in 1996, is a volunteer program provided in partnership with 10 Lake County Police Departments and the Sheriff’s Department. Teen Court is structured to provide a positive alternative for misdemeanor youth offenders by providing a peer-driven sentencing mechanism that allows young people to take responsibility, to be held accountable and to make restitution. By assuming responsibility for their actions, and through involvement and successful completion of the Teen Court program, the teen’s offense will not be recorded. Teen Court offenders learn to value their community by repairing the harm and giving back.
The volunteer jurors (high school students) realize a respect for the rule of law, develop positive citizenship attitudes, promote civic engagement and achieve educational success.