The goal of Teen Court is to provide first-time juvenile offenders the opportunity to have their cases heard by a jury of their peers, instead of juvenile court judge. Through the use of Restorative Justice practices Teens found "guilty" must adhere to Teen Jury recommendations. The case is then officially "dismissed" if the offending Teen completes the terms of probation. An additional goal of Teen Court is to provide an arena for our students to experience the juvenile justice system and network with Superior Court Judges, Court Interpreters, Probation Officers and Attorneys.
Our Teen Court is presided by our three volunteer Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges:
Hon. Jose Sandoval, Harvard, UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law
Hon. Lucy Armendariz, UCLA, UC Hastings School of Law
Hon. Gregorio Roman, Yale University, UCLA School of Law