Rochester Teen Court is a diversion program operated through the City Court of Rochester for young adults who have committed first-time, non-violent crimes. Defendants whose cases are transferred to Rochester Teen Court have a disposition of their criminal charges by teen peers acting as prosecutors, defense counsel, court personnel and jurors. A sitting City of Rochester Court judge preside over the proceedings, and teen jurors recommend sentencing.
Rochester Teen Court is designed to: Provide Education to youth about the judicial process, promote Accountability for actions, and reinforce responsibility to society through community Service and educational sentencing.
The New York Bar Foundation presented a check to Rochester Teen Court at the Center for Youth’s March 26th, 2012 board meeting. Thanks to the Foundation for recognizing the potential of this program! From left to right: Wende Knapp, Esq. (Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP); Jennifer Lunsford, Esq. (Segar and Sciortino); David Schraver, Esq. (Nixon Peabody LLP); Elaine Spaull (Center for Youth); Jimmy Paulino, Esq. (Faraci Lange LLP).