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Benefits of Teen Court:

  1. Teen Court is a FREE program
  2. Our goal is to “Restore Justice” meaning your child will learn from his/her mistake and give back to the community
  3. At the completion of all program requirements the charges are taken off your child’s record.
  4. After completion of the program your child will be afforded the opportunity to volunteer, receive leadership/attorney training, and give back to their community.
  5. Your child will be able to tell their story to a jury of their peers. The judge, attorneys, and jury are all teenagers too!
  6. Free Pizza for all youth participants on hearing nights
    Has my child completed his/her requirements?

If you would like to know the status of your child’s Teen Court requirements give us a call! 969-7838 We will be happy to let you know what he/she has completed and what they still need to turn in. If it is past the deadline we recommend YOUR CHILD call us and explain his/her reasons as to why they have not completed the requirements. In some circumstances we are able to give extensions. However, in the majority of cases, if requirements are incomplete the file goes back to Family Court.

What our Parent’s are saying about our program

“He was relieved to have an action plan designed to allow him to feel successful despite the situation”

“It’s a great lesson and has been around for a long time”

“Everyone has been a pleasure to work with, so much so, that my son would like to continue to work with the program as a volunteer.”

“My son is more open with us and more confident in himself. He is taking the initiative in his future more than ever before.”

“Thank you for this great program. What a tremendous healing opportunity for Hawaii’s Teens.”

Why should my child go to Teen Court? I could just go to Family Court right?

It is best to speak with a lawyer about your child’s specific case and to choose an option that is best for your child and families needs.

Has my child been referred to Teen Court?

Every juvenile arrest varies. Teen Court only takes FIRST offenses that are MISDEAMENORS. With that being said, some cases are still sent to Family Court instead of Teen Court due to other factors such as previous arrests, previous law enforcement involvment, or just a mix up in paperwork! It is best to contact the police department that issued the arrest. Some arrests take 30-120 days to process before being sent to Teen Court.

Has my child completed his/her requirements?

If you would like to know the status of your child’s Teen Court requirements give us a call! 969-7838 We will be happy to let you know what he/she has completed and what they still need to turn in. If it is past the deadline we recommend YOUR CHILD call us and explain his/her reasons as to why they have not completed the requirements. In some circumstances we are able to give extensions. However, in the majority of cases, if requirements are incomplete the file goes back to Family Court.

I received a letter in the mail now what?

If you have received a referral letter from Teen Court it is important to contact Teen Court right away at 808-969-7838.

If we are not in the office, leave a message for us with your name, your child’s name and a phone number to contact you. On the phone we will go over the following:

  • An overview of our program
  • Set up an intake interview
  • Explain the hearing process
  • Answer any questions you may have

Volunteers are Special

We accept adult volunteers for a variety of events and for Teen Court itself. Adult volunteers help by supervising youth, set up of the courtroom, moderating jury duty discussion and on occassion facilitating a group activity.

Volunteers Can Help

  • part time adult facilitators
  • shifts at annual events
  • guest speakers
  • adults who have a trade/story/or activity to share
  • help with food drives
  • work on continous projects
  • mentor life skills – how to sew, how to change a tire or cook food
  • experience in the legal system, police officer, retired attorney
  • in your special area of talent!
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