Shawnee County Youth Court Marks 10 Years


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Shawnee County Youth Court marks 10 years in session this week.

The program, developed through the Topeka Youth Project, has first-time teenaged traffic offenders with misdemeanor charges face a jury of their peers. Not only that, teens also act as the judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, bailiff and court clerk in the case. The young jurors also decide the punishment, which can range from community service to written apologies.

Law student and youth court volunteer Danielle Packer and Shawnee County District Court Judge Steve Ebberts, who helped implement the program, spoke about it on 13 News at 4.

Teens who'd like to get involved with the program may call 785-273-4141.

A 10th anniversary celebration will be held at 5:30pm Thursday, Sept. 19 at Shawnee Co. District Court. Refreshments will be served and people can observe a slate of cases.


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