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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 June 4 will focus on "What Teens have learned from their experience in Teen Court and their thoughts on the impacts of George Floyd's death." The radio show is hosted by Cheryl Mizell and includes panelists from the Miami-Dade Police Department and City of Miami police officers 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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