Miami-Dade County Teen Court

Listen to MDEAT on the radio every first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. on Gospel WMBM 1490 AM "MDEAT Community Connections - Youth Empowerment through Miami-Dade County Teen Court" The topic on August 6 will focus on "Youth Perspectives on Current Issues." The radio show is hosted by Cheryl Mizell and includes Teen Court members Jaleen Bondieumaitre - Miami Carol City, Kamora Moss - Miami High and Tru Bowers -Law Enforcement Memorial High among other guests along and Elvis Caines, Teen Court Coordinator. Watch it live on Facebook, online or download the app.

Teen Court volunteers can help make a big difference in the lives of young people.

Youth volunteers

  • Must be in middle or high school
  • Get a jump start on legal and criminal justice careers
  • Improve leadership skills
  • Experience positive peer pressure interaction
  • Can volunteer for four, eight or 12 months
  • Can be bailiffs, court clerks, jurors, defense attorneys or prosecuting attorneys

Adult volunteers

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Have the opportunity to serve in the community
  • Serve as mentors to Miami-Dade's youth
  • Help cultivate a new generation of legal professionals while having a positive impact on young people who make poor choices
  • Are asked to volunteer at least four times per year
  • Can be court monitors, mentors, attorneys, judges, and more

Teens who serve as jury, defense and attorney will make a recommendation based on the type of offense that has been committed. After listening to arguments from both sides and jury deliberations, a judge will decide which sanction he or she will serve.

Possible sanctions include

  • Serve on a jury
  • Attend educational workshops
  • Participate in jail tours
  • Community service hours
  • Compose and present essays


  • Petit theft
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Grand theft auto
  • Parent/school referrals
  • Trespassing
  • Third-degree felony
  • Truancy

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