Orange County Teen Court

Orange County Juvenile Diversion Programs

The ninth judicial circuit, covering Orange County and Osceola County, currently offers five juvenile diversion programs in Orange County and four juvenile diversion programs in Osceola County for some juvenile cases. Each diversion program targets the individual needs of the child to rehabilitate them so they do not return to the criminal justice system. These diversion programs make first time, less serious children accountable for their criminal behavior but give them an opportunity to have their case completely dismissed if that program is successfully completed. Orange County Teen Court is the primary Orange County juvenile diversion program.

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Orange County Teen Court

Teen court is the primary juvenile diversionary program offered in Orange County, Florida. Teen Court is for children ages 12 to 18. Most of the Teen Court’s participants are assisted by adult and teen volunteers who take on the role of judges, lawyers and jury. The Teen Court volunteers determine the appropriate sanctions for the delinquent offense.

The juries in Teen Court are made up of trained high school volunteers, along with defendants who have previously been required to serve jury duty as a part of their sentence. In contrast to other courts, Orange County teen court mandates that all defendants serve as jurors from two to twelve evenings at future teen court cases. Teen court juries recommend participation in a community service agency as part of their sentence, with a minimum of fifteen hours and a maximum of one hundred hours. Other sanctions may be recommended such as drug urinalysis, boot camp, counseling, essays, letters of apology, and restitution.

Juvenile Diversion Alternative Program (JDAP)

Youth for this program may be referred by the Department of Juvenile Justice and approved by the State Attorney’s Office. The targeted age group is under 17 years old. JDAP is a counseling intensive program and also has a domestic violence component.

Neighborhood Restorative Justice

This program is geographically based for youth in the following areas: Winter Garden, Apopka, Ocoee, Maitland, Eatonville and East Orange County. Neighborhood accountability boards determine how to best approach the damage that has resulted from crimes occurring within their own communities.

Juvenile Drug Court

A court-administered program for youth who have drug usage as a primary issue even if not charged with a drug offense. It involves intensive counseling and random drug testing. Progressive sanctions are imposed for refused or failed drug tests, or for failure to comply with the program’s requirements. This program typically takes up to six months to complete and targets youth ages 14 to 18.

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Designed to help at-risk youth pursue healthy alternatives to poor behavior. The program is created to meet the needs of youths ages 10-18.

Orange County Juvenile Diversion Programs

The ninth judicial circuit, covering Orange County and Osceola County, currently offers five juvenile diversion programs in Orange County and four juvenile diversion programs in Osceola County for some juvenile cases. Each diversion program targets the individual needs of the child to rehabilitate them so they do not return to the criminal justice system. These diversion programs make first time, less serious children accountable for their criminal behavior but give them an opportunity to have their case completely dismissed if that program is successfully completed. Orange County Teen Court is the primary Orange County juvenile diversion program.

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Orange County Teen Court

Teen court is the primary juvenile diversionary program offered in Orange County, Florida. Teen Court is for children ages 12 to 18. Most of the Teen Court’s participants are assisted by adult and teen volunteers who take on the role of judges, lawyers and jury. The Teen Court volunteers determine the appropriate sanctions for the delinquent offense.

The juries in Teen Court are made up of trained high school volunteers, along with defendants who have previously been required to serve jury duty as a part of their sentence. In contrast to other courts, Orange County teen court mandates that all defendants serve as jurors from two to twelve evenings at future teen court cases. Teen court juries recommend participation in a community service agency as part of their sentence, with a minimum of fifteen hours and a maximum of one hundred hours. Other sanctions may be recommended such as drug urinalysis, boot camp, counseling, essays, letters of apology, and restitution.

Juvenile Diversion Alternative Program (JDAP)

Youth for this program may be referred by the Department of Juvenile Justice and approved by the State Attorney’s Office. The targeted age group is under 17 years old. JDAP is a counseling intensive program and also has a domestic violence component.

Neighborhood Restorative Justice

This program is geographically based for youth in the following areas: Winter Garden, Apopka, Ocoee, Maitland, Eatonville and East Orange County. Neighborhood accountability boards determine how to best approach the damage that has resulted from crimes occurring within their own communities.

Juvenile Drug Court

A court-administered program for youth who have drug usage as a primary issue even if not charged with a drug offense. It involves intensive counseling and random drug testing. Progressive sanctions are imposed for refused or failed drug tests, or for failure to comply with the program’s requirements. This program typically takes up to six months to complete and targets youth ages 14 to 18.

Ladies First & MAN UP

Designed to help at-risk youth pursue healthy alternatives to poor behavior. The program is created to meet the needs of youths ages 10-18.

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