Pender County Teen Court - How It Works
There are many ways our children and members of the community will benefit from this program:

Offenders benefit by:
  • Keeping a clean record
  • Getting a second chance
  • Learning important lessons
  • Taking personal responsibility
  • Developing respect for authority
  • Positive appreciation of others
  • Positive motivation toward self improvement
Student volunteers benefit by:
  • Direct experience with our legal system
  • Learning to work together
  • Future legal career possibilities
  • Developing basic leadership qualities
  • Developing self- worth
  • Being around positive role models
  • Strengthening personal bonds
Community Benefits:
  • Empowering young people to change
  • Reducing recurrence of criminal behavior
  • Reaching young offenders at the most crucial time
  • Promoting positive attitudes
  • Rehabilitating young offenders
  • Improving school and community environments
  • Educating young people about their legal rights
  • Allowing the court system to focus on more serious offenses
  • Building leadership qualities and community awareness