Ty Szynskie, who was once a defendant in Teen Court, now volunteers as a judge. Teen Court is part of the Sarpy County Juvenile Diversion program, and teenagers serve as the attorneys and jury in each case. The judge in the Sarpy County courtroom was stoic and impartial, speaking little other than to give directions to the bailiff. Teen Court mimics traditional court proceedings, with teenagers playing the principal roles as defendant, prosecuting and defense attorneys, jury members and the bailiff. Szynskie has experienced every role in Teen Court.
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One day after school last December, year-old Michael took the stand in a Brooklyn courtroom. His name has been changed since he is a minor. He had walked in with a scowl, but now looked like he was about to cry. The New York Police Department takes turnstile jumping very seriously.
I had never heard of Teen Court before a classmate who volunteers told me about it one day. Over the past year, I have been volunteering at Teen Court every other week and it has become one of my most meaningful activities. Teen Court is important to me because I care about the youth in my community.
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