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Teen Court Commissioners to Show Off Courtroom Skills at April 27th Competition

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Lassen County’s Teen Court in action at the Lassen County Courthouse. ~photos provided

Who doesn’t like a little competition? On April 27th, the Lassen County Teen Court Commissioners will be showing off their courtroom skills by participating in the third annual Teen Court Competition at the Hall of Justice in courtroom A.

While the teen court program has recently undergone changes, the Teen Court Competition continues. Despite the ongoing budget reductions experienced statewide by the court system; the Teen Court program continues with the dedication and enthusiasm of the Lassen County Probation Department.

Under the direction of the chief probation officer, Jennifer Branning, along with members of the local bar association the teen court commissioners receive training and mentoring in this educational program.

On April 27th, at 6:00p.m., two teams of teen court commissioners will compete in a mock trial. A distinguished panel of volunteer justice partners will declare the winning team after determining which team demonstrated the best courtroom skills.

The Lassen County Superior Court implemented the Teen Court Program many years ago. Over time, the program has offered the youth in our community the opportunity to discover and gain understanding our justice system from all perspectives, as well as develop public speaking and critical thinking skills.

The teens who participate in the program because they find themselves in some trouble with the law, benefit from having their legal matter handled by their peers, the teen court commissioners. Upon successful completion of their case, the case is dismissed in its entirety.

Everyone is invited to attend the competition to watch the teens in action at the Hall of Justice, 2610 Riverside Drive in Susanville.

If you have questions please contact the Lassen County Probation Department at 530-251-8213.

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