Teen Court sets training date for school year

From Staff Reports

Sept. 21, 2008 - Hopkins County teen-agers, especially Merit Club members and those interested in serving on Teen Court this year, are encouraged to attend the annual Teen Court training session.

The session will be conducted by Assistant District Attorneys Samantha Couch and Steve Lilley from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Hopkins County District Courthouse.

While the training is mandatory for those desiring to serve as attorneys, clerks or bailiffs for the 2008-09 school year, any teen in grades 9-12 in any Hopkins County school or home-schooled in Hopkins County may participate in the Teen Court Merit Club.

Members will be learning valuable skills that can be used as teen attorneys, clerks and bailiffs. Teens get to be jury members on real trials and find out the real costs of breaking the law without having to break the law first! It's also a great community service, which looks great on college admittance applications.

"This is a perfect way for teens in debate classes at the high schools or any other class that requires public speaking, to practice the skills required for those classes. This is a great 'hands on' way to learn more about the judicial system," June Lucky, Teen Court Board member, notes.

To join the Teen Court Merit Club,teens should report between 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to fill out the necessary paperwork and pay the $15 yearly fee. The $15 fee includes a Merit Club polo shirt, opportunities to earn cash prizes and scholarships annually, free pizza and refreshments each month before court.

Merit Club member will automatically earn 100 points for attending this training and?can earn additional points by bringing a friend who then signs up for Merit Club. The cash prizes and scholarships are based on each member's participation and points earned throughout the year.

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