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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • New juror training for Brown County Teen Court

  • New Juror training for Brown County Teen Court will take place Tuesday, June 11, in the lower level training room at the Law Enforcement Center, 15 S Washington St., New Ulm. The training will start at 9 a.m. and run until 12 p.m.
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  • New Juror training for Brown County Teen Court will take place Tuesday, June 11, in the lower level training room at the Law Enforcement Center, 15 S Washington St., New Ulm. The training will start at 9 a.m. and run until 12 p.m.
     
    Brown County youth between the ages of 13 and 18 years, can participate as jurors. These youth are trained on the Teen Court process, including confidentiality, programs and procedures. There are currently 80 jurors county-wide, but because of graduating seniors, we are seeking new jurors. Court cases are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
     
    Brown County Teen Court is a youth program which allows first-time (and select second-time) non-violent offenders an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system.
     
    The primary goal of Teen Court, which began in 1998, is to better enable young people to accept responsibility for their offense through active participation in an alternative court process. By assuming responsibility for his/her own actions, and through completion of conditions in Teen Court, the teen's offense will be dismissed. The type of cases heard in Teen Court may include: minor consumption, possession of a small amount of drugs or drug paraphernalia, theft, shoplifting, disorderly conduct and more.
     
    For more information on Brown County Teen Court or to get an application to become a juror, contact Mary Ann Wonn, Teen Court Coordinator at 507-233-6694 or email maryann.wonn@co.brown.mn.us.

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