Teen Court Volunteer Packet - MO

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					 Welcome to the 2010 Spring Session of Teen Court! We anticipate a busy court season, and we
continue to rely on the commitment of our volunteers to ensure that our program meets our
goals.
Attached you will find our application as well as other important information. Please note that
even if you have signed up for a previous session, you must fill out the 2 page application
form. Please take time to read through the information to familiarize yourself with Teen Court.
You can mail OR fax the application to us at 240-777-7413 – DO NOT DO BOTH! This
session we also will have a deadline for applications. All applications must be postmarked
by December 29, 2009. All accepted applicants will be sent a confirmation beginning
January 5 , 2010.
Teen Court has become a very popular program. Because of this, we will have to limit the
number of volunteers that we can accept. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-
served basis. We will also have to limit the number of applicants per school, as we want to keep
juries balanced. In light of this, I ask that you take a look at the schedule and remember that you
must attend SEVEN out of the TEN sessions (I would prefer that you attend all ten!) Please
only submit your application if you know you will be able to meet the attendance
requirement.
Our 2010 Spring Session will consist of ten evenings, from Wednesday January 13, 2010
through Wednesday May 26, 2010. For the first two sessions only, we will be starting at 4:00
p.m., so that we can have training for new jurors prior to hearing cases for the night. It is
mandatory for you to attend one training session if you are new to Teen Court.
The Teen Court Team is continuing to do its part in “Going Green”. To that end, we have now
added a request for an E-Mail address to the Teen Court Application. This E-Mail address will
allow us to e-mail Teen Court communications whenever possible, thereby cutting down on
paper mailing expenses. E-mail addresses will be used solely for that purpose.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions at all. I can be reached at 240-777-
7344, or Georgine.DeBord@montgomerycountymd.gov. Thank you for your participation in
Teen Court.
Sincerely,

Georgine M. DeBord
Teen Court Coordinator
                MONTGOMERY COUNTY TEEN COURT
              STUDENT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM
                       SPRING SESSION 2010

When completed mail to Teen Court Coordinator, State’s Attorney’s Office, 50
Maryland Ave. Rockville, MD 20850 or fax to 240 777- 7413. There is limited
street parking on Maryland Ave. and Monroe St. or park in movie theatre lot.
Enter and exit at the Maryland Ave. door. Volunteers meet at the 4th Floor
Jury Lounge.
All applications must be postmarked no later than December 29, 2009.
Confirmation of acceptance will be mailed beginning January 5, 2010.

PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY:

Last Name _______________________________ First Name: ___________________________

Sex ______________________Date of Birth ________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________

City ___________________________________________Zip____________________

E-mail Address __________________________________________________________________
(For Teen Court communications)

Telephone (Home) ___________________________ Other _____________________________

School you attend___________________________________________

Grade (for school year 2009-2010)__________________

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Name
______________________________________________________________________

School activities
______________________________________________________________________

Activities Outside of School (church, community, etc.)




How did you hear about Teen Court?

_________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                   Application Page 1


Students and Parents please carefully read all of the information provided in
your Volunteer Packet. By signing this Volunteer Application you agree to the
following:
     I understand that Teen Court volunteers are responsible for their own
      transportation.
     I understand that I am volunteering for the session that runs from January 13,
      2010 through May 26, 2010.
     I understand that I am allowed three absences from the Teen Court sessions.
     I understand that Teen Court runs from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., and I am required to
      attend the whole session, unless excused by the Coordinator.
     I have read and agree to abide by the Teen Court Dress, Conduct and
      Behavior Code. I understand that I will not be permitted to participate
      in court for the evening if my attire does not comply with the Dress
      Code.

Student Signature_____________________________________________________

Date________________

Parent/Guardian Signature _____________________________________________

Date________________

PARENTS:

On occasion, we have been asked by various media outlets for permission to photograph
and/or film Teen Court. Please read the following agreement and sign below if you
agree to have your child in these photos.

“I consent to videotaping and/or photographing of my child during sessions of the
Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office Teen Court and its release to be used for
education and research by the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. I release
the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Circuit Court of Maryland
and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking,
recording or publication of said court session.

I waive all rights I may have to any claims for payments or royalties in connection with
use of these materials regardless of the purpose of such broadcasting. I have fully
informed myself of this consent, waiver of liability, and release before signing it.”

Parent/Guardian Signature _____________________________________________

Date________________
                    MONTGOMERY COUNTY TEEN COURT
                   DRESS CODE AND CONDUCT, BEHAVIOR

These rules and guidelines apply to respondents as well as all volunteer participants in the
courtroom. It is important to remember that you are participating in a court of law and
that your manner of dress and your conduct must display the proper respect for the court.

DRESS CODE – Strictly Enforced! Please adhere to avoid being sent home.

            YOU CAN WEAR......                     YOU CANNOT WEAR…..!!!!!
       Dress pants, nice shirts, or blouses       No jeans of any kind! NO
       Collared shirts – polo or golf type         EXCEPTIONS!
        shirt                                     No T-shirts!
       Ladies may wear dresses or skirts         No hats!
        of acceptable length                      No shorts or cut-offs!
       Appropriate shoes                         No pool type flip-flop shoes!
                                               LADIES!
 Note: Coats/jackets/sweatshirts must             NO TANK TOPS/SPAGHETTI
 be left in your seat in the courtroom              STRAP shirts or other
 gallery. They cannot be worn when                  sleeveless spandex shirts!
 you are in the jury box.                         No bare midriffs – shirt and
                                                    pants/skirts must meet!
                                                  No spandex leggings unless
                                                    worn with skirt of proper
                                                    length!

   CONDUCT and BEHAVIOR

               YOU MUST….                              YOU CANNOT….!!!!!!
       Arrive at the 4:30P start time.             No cell phones or pagers on in
       Be courteous and respectful to all           the courtroom or the jury
        participants                                 deliberation room! No text-
       Always pay attention to the court            messaging at any time! Cell
        proceedings                                  phones will be taken.
       Speak clearly and loudly                    Cannot do homework or other
       Keep your voices down in the jury            work in the courtroom or jury
        deliberation room                            deliberation room!
       Always address the judge as                 Cannot carry on private
        “Judge _____” or “Your Honor”                conversations in the
       Remain in the courtroom once a               courtroom or deliberation
        hearing has begun.                           room!
       Refrain from facial expressions,            Cannot display anger or lose
        nodding/shaking your head or                 your temper!
        conduct that might indicate your            Cannot bring food or drinks to
        agreement/disagreement with the              court!
        court proceedings.                          Cannot chew gum in court!
          MATTERS TO BE EXPLORED BY JURORS

The following Juror’s guide provides case points to be considered by
Jurors when hearing a case and during the deliberation process.

                                     All Offenses
 Reason for committing offense:         Why did the respondent commit the offense?
                                        Has the respondent committed a similar offense?

 What did the respondent plan to do     Planned or spontaneous?
 on the day the offense occurred?

 Time the offense took place:           Night versus day
                                        Weekday versus week-end
                                        Within curfew

 Did the respondent’s parents know      Was he/she out without permission?
 where he/she was?

 Location of the offense:               School, neighborhood, store, park after hours.

 Effect of Peer Influence:              Number of people participating in the offense and
                                         their role.
                                        Was the respondent the leader of the group?
                                        Does the respondent still associate with them?
                                        Has the respondent taken personal responsibility
                                         for the offense?

 Attitude of the Respondent:            At the time of the offense – angry, rebellious?
                                        In Teen Court – remorseful, defensive, indifferent?
                                        What has the respondent learned from this?

 What has respondent done as            Apology?
 mitigation for the offense?            Repayment?
                                        Merchandise returned?

 Reaction of Family/School:             Punishment imposed?
                                        What was reaction of parents/siblings?
                  Theft Offenses/Assault/Property Damage
Severity of the Incident:             What items were taken
                                      Value of the stolen goods or property damaged
                                      Number of victims(store, person or property)
                                      Any personal injury or property damage
                                      Did the respondent have money to pay for the
                                       items taken?
                                      Does respondent have a job?
                                      Did the respondent need the stolen items?
                                      What did the respondent intend to do with the
                                       items?
                                      Was alcohol or drug use a factor?
                                      Did the respondent steal from employer?
             Illegal Substances(Alcohol and Marijuana)
Details of Substance Abuse:           Type of substance
                                      Where was the substance obtained?
                                      Who obtained the substance?
                                      Has the respondent purchased the substance
                                       before?
                                      Why was the respondent using the substance?
                                      When and where did respondent use the
                                       substance?
                                      How much did the respondent use?
                                      How did the respondent feel after using? Sick?
                                      Had respondent used the substance before?
                                      Has respondent used substance since?
                                      When was the last time the respondent used?
                              About the Respondent
School and Community Activities:      Student GPA
                                      School Activities participates in
                                      Community activities
                                      Religious Activities
                                      Volunteer work
                                      Future plans
                  TEEN COURT SCHEDULE
                   SPRING SESSION 2010


     ALL TEEN COURT DATES OCCUR ON WEDNESDAY


           January 13**                      January 27**


            February 10                      February 24


             March 10                          March 24


              April 14                          April 28


               May 12                           May 26


 NOTE!! ** January 13 & January 27 starting time is 4:00 PM for these sessions
                                   only!!!

      CHECK-IN TIME IS AT 4:30 P.M. AT THE 4TH FLOOR JURY LOUNGE

  YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOLLOWING THE TEEN
                       COURT DRESS CODE

                        IMPORTANT !!
               IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER

WE FOLLOW THE MCPS POLICY FOR CANCELLATION OF
SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ EVENTS. IF
MONTGOMERY COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED FOR THE DAY,
OR HAVE EARLY RELEASE DUE TO WEATHER, COURT IS
CANCELLED FOR THAT EVENING.

				
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