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.