KMSB "Nogales SCC Profiles," Monday, 2/8/10, 6:55 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Judge Keith Barth, SCC Justice Court, Pct. #2, says juvenile offenses are not heard in Justice Courts.  But, he says, first-time status offenders can have their punishment determined by a “teen court.”  He says high school students convene as a court and determine the appropriate judgment for each case, He says these are real cases. He says Teen Court is based upon the premise that youthful offenders will more readily accept responsibility for their actions when judged and sentenced by their peers.