Established by PPP in 1995, in collaboration with numerous community stakeholders, the Pima County Teen Court (PCTC) is a sentencing option for 12-17 year-old delinquent youths arrested for first, second, and third-time misdemeanors who have pled guilty.
These teens choose to be sentenced by a true jury of their peers instead of going through the Pima County Juvenile Court system. All participants in the courtroom are teens, except for the adult judge, who is a professional. The success of Teen Court is directly attributed to positive peer pressure and parental involvement in the program.
Workshops, as part of the sentencing option, are aimed at reducing shoplifting, substance use, violence, and increasing family communication and resiliency.
Pima County Teen Court offers
Youth Leadership Development through the Teen Court Bar Association
Skills Training for Youths
Skills Training for Referred Families
Community Service Learning
Law-Related Education and Restorative Justice
Pima County Teen Court Wins National Award
Pima County Teen Court won the National Youth Leadership Council’s 2015 Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award! The Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award recognizes K-12 service-learning programs and projects that demonstrate outstanding youth leadership.
Interested in Volunteering?
Teens make friends, complete community service, learn new skills, get extra credit for a class, and have fun when they volunteer for Teen Court.
If you would like to participate in the Teen Court, contact: