In Search of Teen Court Volunteers
Curry County Teen Court is in current need of adult and teen volunteers to partner with us in order to support eligible teens to take responsibility for their actions and to better understand our system of justice. Teen volunteers may also receive community service hours, if needed. Please contact Oriana Riley at (575) 763-7725 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Requirements For Teens:
Teen volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.
Volunteers must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25.
Requirements for Adult and Teen Volunteers:
Volunteers must be dependable! If a volunteer misses two of their scheduled court sessions without giving advance notice, they will be removed from the Teen Court program.
Volunteers must be flexible! There are always last-minute changes on court nights, and we expect volunteers to be willing to serve where you are needed
Teen Court Program (TC)
Teen Court is a legally binding alternative system of justice that offers young offenders an opportunity to make restitution for their offenses through community service, educational classes, and jury service. This allows eligible teens to take responsibility for their actions. Teen Court allows both offenders and teen volunteers to better understand our system of justice. Teen Court is held two times per month. Teen Court is usually held at the Curry County Courthouse; however, there are occasions it is held elsewhere, in which case an announcement is made prior to meeting.
Volunteering: How Do I Volunteer To Help With Teen Court? Overview
Teen court volunteers, under the guidance of adults, present the case, deliberate, and construct a sentence for teens who have been referred to Teen Court.
Prospective Teen Court Members must attend an initial all-day training session. Training sessions are held three times a year. Teen Court staff conducts the trainings and teach the steps of becoming a Teen Court member. Volunteers do not have to be Curry County residents.
Local attorneys are welcome to apply to volunteer as Teen Court judges. Adults Volunteers are currently needed to sever as Judges and Bailiffs.
Qualifications for Teen Volunteers
Teen volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. They must demonstrate an ability to treat each case individually, with objectivity and without prejudice. They must have an ability to communicate with their peers, work in a group setting, and be able to maintain confidentiality of all cases.
Teen volunteer attorneys will attend court sessions as scheduled, follow the guidelines in the Teen Court manual, maintain confidentiality, treat all participants with respect, represent your client (defense attorneys) or the State of New Mexico (prosecutors) to the best of their ability, attend all trainings, and follow the court rules. Volunteer attorneys are expected to dress professionally; for girls this means a dress, skirt/blouse, or pantsuit, and for boys a dress shirt and tie (coat is optional). Jeans are NOT allowed.