KMSB "Nogales SCC Profiles," Monday-Tuesday, 7/19/10-7/20/10, 6:55 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Judge Keith Barth, SCC Justice Court, Pct. #2, in Monday's interview, 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. Barth 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.  Tuesday, Judge Barth says his Court serves the eastern part of Santa Cruz County.  He says most of the cases he hears range from misdemeanor violations to criminal and civil traffic violations. Barth says in addition to serving as a “courtroom,” the same room is also available as a “community room” and is available to local groups and organizations to use when court is not “in session.”