Granville County Teen Court in full swing!
If you have attended Teen Court in the past and have had the chance to attend this year whether it is as a volunteer, defendant, guest, or observer you may be wondering…what in the world has gotten into these attorneys?! In just the first three nights of the year we have all seen a huge change in our youth attorneys. You may be asking yourself as are we…what has fueled such an incredible turn around? Is it something in the water? A whole summer to rejuvenate? Saturday marathons of Law & Order? Is there someone behind the scenes offering inspiring speeches or are we simply witnessing the maturity and growth that we’ve always known these attorneys were holding in their back pockets?
Whatever it is, the Teen Court staff, its volunteers, Judge’s and supporters cannot wait to see this action take place in the courtroom every night of Teen Court! This past Teen Court hearing held on October 9th put on display the skills and techniques these youth attorneys have been protecting for over a years time. If there was any doubt in anyone’s mind before this October, you can be sure now these kids will be ready for competition!
“ALL RISE,” Proclaimed our Madam Bailiff, and October 9th Teen Court Hearing began just as any other. Judge Yancey addressed the courtroom and you quietly heard the whispers between the youth attorneys, the jury sat up in their seats and began hearing the details of the first case on the docket. It was clear from the get go that these attorneys had done their homework, their opening statements were crisp and descriptive. When the first witness was called to the stand, questioning began and right away you heard “OBJECTION” and the arguments began. Respectful banter ensued back and forth between attorneys arguing their opinions to the Judge. The defense stood tall going to battle for their client, while the prosecution argued to bring out any and all facts they could to weaken the credibility of the defense. If you looked around the courtroom at the time you saw a proud smile on the faces of volunteers, staff, and even Judge Yancey. Everyone was thinking the same thing, it’s about time! When questioning moved to the prosecution it was clear that these attorneys were quite puzzled by the alleged story the defendant had given. Right away the prosecution began to question every little detail regarding the time line. For the first time in Teen Court history a defendant was asked to actually stand up and give a clear demonstration of how the events took place regarding the assault. Who would have thought?! What a great way to paint a picture for the jury! I’m sure this exact demonstration stirred up some interesting conversation while the jury deliberated.
Both cases heard on this night were very sensitive and as always extremely confidential. It shouldn’t be hard to imagine how much courage it takes as a youth of our community to get up in front of their peers and admit and take responsibility for their poor decisions. The utmost amount of respect is given to both our volunteers and defendants. A special reminder to all who are in the courtroom on our Teen Court nights, confidentiality is something that is taken very seriously and should always be abided by.
To all of our youth volunteers, adult volunteers, Judges’, and supporters we cannot thank you enough and hope to see everyone continue to grow this year!!