Teen Court

COVID-19 Update:

Teen Court is currently running hearings virtually on Zoom. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please reach out to sign up for our next jury training.

Teen Court

(Ages 12-17)

Judge GavelMake a difference in your community through service in the Eugene Teen Court. As a court member, you will gain experience in decision making, communication, law and ethics. You will give accountable youth an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions through this diversion program. Help your fellow students, your community and yourself through this important volunteer service.

Eugene Teen Court holds peer hearings to recommend consequences for qualifying nonviolent juvenile offenders. Participation by accountable youth is voluntary and limited to those admitting guilt.

Youths act as jurors, case presenters, youth advisers, bailiffs and court clerks. Courtroom outcomes are recognized by the Lane County Department of Youth Services.

If you are 12-17 years old, you may qualify as a court member. Teen Court volunteer hours apply towards most school community service requirements.

Billie Hernandez and Ellen Swanson

Photo: Ellen Swanson & Billy Hernandez

"Teen Court gives youth an opportunity to repair any harm done from their citation and allows them to move forward with a clear conscious. I enjoy working with the families we serve by helping them navigate through our restorative program. Teen Court runs almost entirely on volunteers, and it’s also wonderful building relationships with these incredible people!" - Ellen Swanson, Teen Court Supervisor

"Teen court is a great program because teens are the ones helping to repair the harm that other teens have caused in their own lives. It’s truly a positive peer program. I’m always so impressed with the thoughtfulness and empathy that teens have, and their ability to collaborate on real, meaningful work." - Billy Hernandez, Petersen Barn Manager

Contact Us

  1. Teen Court

    Ellen Swanson

    Petersen Barn Center
    870 Berntzen Rd.
    Eugene, OR 97402
    Ph: 541-682-6376, contact office for court hours
    Cell: 541-285-8901