New Hanover County Teen Court - How It Works
Adult referrals are received by the Teen Court coordinator. If the case is appropriate for Teen Court, the coordinator will contact the teen offender. The offender, along with a parent or guardian, will be interviewed by the coordinator. If the offender is willing to admit responsibility for the offense, then he/she may be selected to participate.

The offender will then be assigned a date to appear in Teen Court to plead guilty before an adult judge and a trained jury of his peers. With adult guidance, the jury will then deliberate an appropriate sentence, including community service on a Teen Court jury. Creative sentencing may include letters of apology, drug assessments, conflict resolution classes, etc. All sentences, as monitored by the Teen Court coordinator, must be completed no later than 90 days. Successful completion results in NO CRIMINAL RECORD.