Peer Court session needs student volunteers

Peer Court provides a great opportunity for high school students to learn first-hand about the judicial process and gain community service hours. Of interest to everyone, this will be especially compelling to students contemplating a career in law.

Peer Court is a unique program that offers both a second chance to first-time juvenile offenders who have committed non-violent misdemeanors and a valuable educational experience to high school students in Orange County. Operating under the authority of the County of Orange Probation Department, Orange County judges preside over the sessions and select juries from the high school student volunteers in the audience. The student jurors have the opportunity to question the juvenile offender and his or her parent(s) about the offense, after which they deliberate with the assistance of an attorney adviser and decide upon appropriate sanctions to recommend to the judge. The judge issues the final decision. Students in the audience observe and participate in an interactive curriculum, learning about the juvenile justice system and the importance of making responsible decisions. Parents are welcome to observe the sessions.

High school volunteers are needed to participate as jurors in the upcoming Peer Court session on Tuesday, January 21, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Servite.

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