North County Teen Court
Serving Sangamon County Illinois
A PROGRAM FOR TODAY'S YOUTH:
Teen Court is designed to develop respect for authority and the community and to stop potential delinquent behavior in teens. The program capitalizes on positive peer influence. Teen Court's jury members, bailiffs and clerks are all teens. Illinois Youth Court Association Brochure
Interested teens must submit a North County Teen Court application to be considered. The applications will be reviewed by the Coordinator and the teen will be contacted to join the court. Teen Court members also need to complete a Media Release. New jurors are typically added at the start of the school year. Training sessions are held each year in August.
For additional questions, please read the FAQ sheet.
Through the Teen Court program, our goal is to fully implement a model program using youth and adult volunteers as a continuing alternative to formal juvenile probation processing and formal juvenile court proceedings.
Teen Court represents a positive alternative to the juvenile justice system and holds juvenile offenders accountable for a sentence imposed by a jury of their peers. By offering this alternative system, we allow youth who have made poor decisions an opportunity to recognize their mistakes and learn valuable lessons. At the same time, participating youth increase respect for themselves, schools, law enforcement, the community and the legal system.
Our biggest goal is to educate youth who make unfavorable decisions to be accountable for their actions in an effort to prevent any further involvement in the juvenile justice system.
Our purpose is also to educate and motivate teen volunteers. Teen volunteers are able to participate in an actual court setting and have a positive impact on their peers, while providing a valuable service to the community, and in doing so, gain valuable experience for their futures. Teen Court serves as a prevention program for teen volunteers as well as Teen Court defendants.
North County Teen Court (NCTC) was founded in 2006 by Sherman resident Mr. Robert Hoffek and Mr. Philip Brown, retired Police Officer and current Executive Director. Mr. Hoffek believed in working with youth and volunteered as a Youth Mentor prior to the creation of the NCTC. Besides being instrumental in creating the NCTC, Mr. Hoffek served as the first Executive Director of the NCTC Board of Directors from 3/2006-3/2012.
Mrs. Kristi Martin followed Mr. Hoffek as Executive Director from 3/2012-9/2014. Mrs. Karen Hoffek followed Mrs. Martin as Executive Director from 9/2014 to 2/2019. Mr. Philip Brown accepted the position of Executive Director on 2/25/2019.
The Executive Board meets annually to discuss policy and procedures regarding Teen Court operations and additionally on an "as need" basis. The Board is assisted by a Citizens Advisory Board also made up of community officials and citizen volunteers. There are no paid positions.
The NCTC currently serves five communities in Sangamon County, IL: Williamsville, Riverton, Spaulding, Rochester and Grandview. Police Departments from the communities work with the program.
NCTC began taking cases in August 2006. Teen Court is a volunteer program comprised of high school students who serve as jurors, licensed attorneys who serve as moderators, parent coordinators who serve as liaisons for the Executive Board and mentors who assist students as needed. Teen Court meets monthly to hear cases brought before the Teen Court.
As of 2018, the NCTC has processed 600 juveniles ranging in age from 10-18. Juvenile offenders have completed 6,700 community service hours.
Offenses for which juveniles have come to the Teen Court are: reckless driving, underage drinking, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, controlled substances, battery, assault, criminal damage to property, vandalism, burglary, runaways, criminal trespassing, curfew violation, truancy, disorderly conduct and traffic violations.
A parent must accompany the juvenile in court. Each juvenile who goes before the Teen Court pays $25. This money goes into the scholarship fund. The Scholarship program began in 2007 with awards of $250 to a senior court member. Since 2007 the NCTC Scholarship program has provided Scholarships to 23 well deserving students totaling $13,250. Applicants must have served at least two years on the teen court to apply.
NCTC is a member of the Illinois Youth Court Association sponsored by the Illinois Attorney General. The NCTC is NON-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, a 501(c)(3) and IL Sales Tax Exempt. NCTC is administered by the Executive Board made up of five Police Departments, court moderators and community members from partnering communities.
The NCTC is funded by the generosity of the local communities Village Board, various organization and individuals who believe in our mission and our vision. These donations have allowed for the purchase of items necessary to operate the NCTC for the past 15 years. Items such as: computers, printers and office supplies, Teen Court uniform shirts and meals for the Teen Court members prior to Court hearings, as well as scholarships.
As a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, NCTC qualifies to receive tax deductible bequests, devices, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522. Please consider supporting our vision to divert teens from the juvenile justice system and to be a strong voice for troubled youth and families by making a donation. Your gift will go a long way toward helping us help youth.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
THURSDAY, September 16, 2021
6 PM RIVERTON VILLAGE HALL
Teen Court Training
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
6 PM RIVERTON VILLAGE HALL
For all Teen Court Jurors New & Veteran
NCTC HEARINGS WILL RESUME FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
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May 12, 2017
North County Teen Court
at Spaulding Safety Fair
President, Karen Hoffek,
Co-Founder, Philip Brown & Patsy Rader