Gaston County Teen Court

Gaston County Teen Court Teen Court was established in 2001. The program works with first time offenders under the age of 18. Teens are given the opportunity of being judged by a jury of their peers to address the criminal charge in order to have their charge dismissed.
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Operating as usual

02/20/2020

For the safety of of students, the Community Work Site for the Teen Court Program and Juvenile Restitution will be closed for Thursday, February 20, 2020.

Boot Camp 2020 is a wrap!!!  On February 1, 2020, Mecklenburg and Gaston County teamed up for a Boot Camp training for o...
02/05/2020

Boot Camp 2020 is a wrap!!! On February 1, 2020, Mecklenburg and Gaston County teamed up for a Boot Camp training for our volunteer Teen Court attorneys. A huge thank you to those that helped train - Donald Rice and Howard Wellons. These gentlemen gave up their Saturday because they believe in our young people and they are to be commended! It was my pleasure to work with the Charlotte Assistance League volunteers/staff - Rebecca, Mada, Mary and Lauren. These ladies worked tirelessly to make this training a success! Thank you to the Board of the Assistance League for coming out to observe - your committment to the Teen Court program is AWESOME!!!

Most importantly, thank you to the students that came out to train. So often we hear the negative about our youth but on this day, in this setting, I saw nothing but a group of teenagers working to make themselves better individuals and dedicated adults there supporting and encouraging them! It was a pleasure working with the Mecklenburg County Teen Court attorneys. Be proud of the work you did!

These students all make our future look extremely bright! Keep up the good work!

07/02/2019

We will have another Teen Court attorney training, Wednesday, July 3rd from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The training will be held at the Gaston County Courthouse - Suite 3063, located on the third floor. It's not too late to sign up - contact Wendy Whisnant at 704 852 3339 for more information or to register.

As a reward for their first place win at Summit this year, the Teen Court attorneys opted to go play paint ball.  Let me...
07/02/2019

As a reward for their first place win at Summit this year, the Teen Court attorneys opted to go play paint ball. Let me assure you these girls are as competitive on the field as they are in the courtroom! Never ever underestimate them! They are in it to win it!!!! It was great fun and we also learned alot about teamwork and the importance of having each other's back!!!! Great job ladies - I sallute your courage and grit!!!!!

06/24/2019

REMINDER - There will be a Teen Court Attorney training on Thursday, June 27th from 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. The training is required for all students serving as volunteer Teen Court attorneys. The training will be held at the Alliance for Children and Youth office which is located in the Nanny United Way Building at 200 E. Franklin Blvd. To register or if you have questions, please contact Wendy Whisnant at 704 852 3339. Come be a part of a program that truly makes a difference for the youth in our community!!!

06/07/2019

Congrats to the Class of 2019 Teen Court Attorneys that will be graduating this weekend. It has truly been my pleasure and honor to work with Justin Crawford, Anna Davison and Hannah McLaughlin. I have no doubt these young people will be successful in their college careers. You have worked hard - be proud of your accomplishments! Best of luck in your new ventures! Remember to always pop in and visit when you are home on break!!!! CONGRATS! JOB WELL DONE CLASS OF 2019!

Congrats to the Gaston County Teen Court Volunteer Attorneys!  They were nominated and received the Governor's Volunteer...
05/09/2019

Congrats to the Gaston County Teen Court Volunteer Attorneys! They were nominated and received the Governor's Volunteer Service Award for 2019! These students provide a valuable service to Gaston County and this award certainly verifies that! Thank you for all the hard work that you do. It is a pleasure and honor to work with such an ountstanding group of students!!! Thank you to United Way and the selection committee for this honor.
Students pictured - Garrett Smith, Hannah McLaughlin, Marvin Hagen, Program Coordinator Wendy Whisnant, Anna Davison, Sydney Bridges, Liza Bradley, Reilly Phillips, Eva Nix (thanks to Eva's mom for standing in for her!) Other recipients not pictured - Justin Crawford, Ava Gantt and Ben Guadarrama. Congratulations Teen Court Volunteer Attorneys!!!!!!

It's a wrap!!!!  Just a few more pics from 2019 Summit!  While it is hard work and alot of preparation, there is some ti...
04/25/2019

It's a wrap!!!! Just a few more pics from 2019 Summit! While it is hard work and alot of preparation, there is some time for fun! Check in and workshops Friday night. Competition, Art Museum and dance on Saturday. Guest speaker and awards on Sunday - a full weekend to say the least! A huge thank you to all those that support the Teen Court program throughout the year. Our JCPC Board that funds the program. A huge thank you to my Executive Director, Arin Farmer, for your unending support and encouragement. A special thank you to Donald Rice, James Richardson and Holden Clark for doing last minute prep with the team - clearly it paid off!! A special thank you to the Deputies that assist us in Teen Court year round and a special shout out to Deputy Rinaldi for helping prep our Bailiff. I am so fortunate to work with fabulous Judges, SRO, ADA and PD staff that are so helpful and always willing to help out the students that participate in the Teen Court program. Thank you to the parents of these seven students - they are a joy to work with are are the hope for the future!!!!! Last, and certainly not least - thank you to the 2019 Summit Team - Hannah McLaughlin, Anna Davison, Reilly Phillips, Liza Bradley, Sydney Bridges, Marvin Hagen and Zach McGinnis. You are simply AWESOME!!!!!!!! Keep up the great work!!!!

Congrats to Liza Bradley, Best Prosecuting Attorney In Trial.  Zach McGinnis, Best Bailiff Courtroom B.  Hannah McLaughl...
04/14/2019

Congrats to Liza Bradley, Best Prosecuting Attorney In Trial. Zach McGinnis, Best Bailiff Courtroom B. Hannah McLaughlin, Best Defense Attorney in Trial. GREAT JOB!!!

Congrats Gaston County 2019 Summit Team!!  FIRST PLACE!!!  So proud of these students and the way they represent our cou...
04/14/2019

Congrats Gaston County 2019 Summit Team!! FIRST PLACE!!! So proud of these students and the way they represent our county!!!! Job well done!!!

04/12/2019

Good luck to the 2019 Teen Court Summit Competition Team! We leave today for Raleigh. These students have worked hard and they will represent the 27A Judicial District well!!! Good luck - Hanna McLaughlin, Anna Davison, Sydney Bridges, Liza Bradley, Reilly Phillips, Marvin Hagen and Zach McGinnis. Thanks to all those that have helped us prep for this event. You are AWESOME!!!!

12/11/2018

As Gaston County Schools are closed for inclement weather on Tuesday, December 11th, Teen Court hearings will be canceled. We will resume our regular schedule in January of 2019! Be safe!!!

10/11/2018

As Gaston County Schools are closed for 10/11/18, the Community Service/Restitution Work Site will be closed as well.

09/14/2018

Due to the weather forecast for Saturday, September 15th, the Community Service Site at Biggerstaff Park will operate on the following schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Students will meet at the Community Outreach Building instead of the Senior Citizens Center.
Should this change, students will be notified by the Community Service Program Coordinator.
BE SAFE!!!!!

06/11/2018

Congrats to the Class of 2018! A special note to Madison Rollins who graduated from Stuart Cramer this past Saturday. Madison has served as an attorney in Teen Court for the past four years and has done an outstanding job as a Defense Attorney. She also served as a member of the 2016 and 2017 Summit Competition Teams. Madison has achieved success with her academics while being involved with numerous volunteer opportunities and community projects. Her hard work has certainly paid off and Madison is headed to UNC this fall with over $17,000 in scholarships. Job well done Madison!!!! You will be missed in Teen Court! It has been a pleasure and an honor working with you the past several year. We wish you all the success in your new journey at Chapel Hill. GOOD LUCK!!!!

05/25/2018

Welcome to our newest Teen Court Volunteer attorneys!! We had eleven students that participated in the training last night and we are excited to have you join in a process that makes a difference in our county!!!!! We look forward to working with you in the future!! WELCOME!!!!!!

05/22/2018

REMINDER: The volunteer attorney training for Teen Court will be held Thursday, May 24th from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The training will be held in the United Way complex on Franklin Boulevard at the Alliance for Children and Youth/CIS office. The office is directly across from Bou Cleaner and First United Methodist Church. This training is required for all new Teen Court attorneys. If you need further information, please contact Wendy Whisnant at 704 852 3339. We hope to see you there!!!

05/10/2018

A training for new Teen Court attorneys is scheduled for Thursday, May 24th from 430 pm to 630 pm. Training will be held at the Alliance for Children and Youth/CIS office. This training is required for all new attorneys. If you would like to enroll or you need more information, contact Wendy Whisnant at 704 852 3339. Come be a part of a program that makes a difference!

Many thanks to all those that support our efforts with the Summit Team.  It is truly a group effort!!  A special thank y...
04/16/2018

Many thanks to all those that support our efforts with the Summit Team. It is truly a group effort!! A special thank you to Arin Farmer for your year round support and encouragement. Thank you to the JCPC for your continued financial support. Thank you to the Courthouse staff, Judges, attorneys and Sheriff's staff. Thank you to the parents for allowing us to work with these great students. Awesome job!!!

Congrats to Hannah McLaughlin and Reilly Phillips for being selected as Best Attorneys In Trial at 2018 Summit!
04/16/2018

Congrats to Hannah McLaughlin and Reilly Phillips for being selected as Best Attorneys In Trial at 2018 Summit!

Congrats to 2018 Summit team!!!!!  2nd place in the state!!!  Great job team!!!
04/15/2018

Congrats to 2018 Summit team!!!!! 2nd place in the state!!! Great job team!!!

Great job today Gaston County Summit team.  This group has come so far this year and I could not be more proud!!  Hear m...
04/14/2018

Great job today Gaston County Summit team. This group has come so far this year and I could not be more proud!! Hear me when I say you are already winners!!! Great job!!!

01/09/2018

Teen Court hearings for January 9th are on regular schedule. Jurors report by 5:00 p.m. Please contact the office at 704 852 3339 if you have any questions.

01/08/2018

As Gaston County schools are closing today, the Community Service worksite will be closed for Monday, January 8th.

12/09/2017

Due to inclement weather the restitution/community service worksite will be closed on Saturday December 9th.

09/11/2017

At this time, Teen Court is scheduled to meet tomorrow night for our regular hearings - 5:00 pm. in Courtroom 3C at the Gaston County Courthouse. REMINDER: We follow the as needed Gaston County School schedule. If schools are closed for incliment weather - Teen Court activities are canceled. I will post updates on this page and on my office phone voice mail at 704 852-3339.

06/09/2017

Congrats to the Class of 2017 Senior Teen Court Attorneys - Jameson Bodenheimer, Lunden Davis, Hannah Miele and Jordyn Scheitler. It has truly been a pleasure to work with each of you the past several years. Your contributions to the Teen Court program have truly been amazing! Best of luck to each of you in your next journey in college. I am confident you will all be successful in your endeavors. YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!!! Congrats and Good Luck Class of 2017!!!

05/31/2017

Don't forget - the Attorney Training for volunteer attorneys will be held tonight at the Alliance for Children and Youth office. The office is located in the United Way Complex - right across the street from First United Methodist Church and beside Bou Cleaner. Training is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This training is required for all Teen Court volunteer attorneys. Come join us!!! if you have questions, contact the Teen Court office at 704 852 3339 or the Alliance for Children and Youth office at 704 867-3512.

05/03/2017

Like to argue?? Interested in becoming a Volunteer Teen Court Attorney?? We have scheduled a training for new attorneys for Wednesday, May 31st - 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 pm. The training will be held at the Alliance For Children and Youth offices - located in the United Way complex. This training is required for all volunteer attorneys. Come join us and be a part of a program that makes a difference in our county!!!! If you need further information, please contact me at 704 852 3339.

04/09/2017

Congrats to the 2017 Summit Team!! Third place in the state competition this weekend. Congrats to Jordyn Scheitler, Hannah Miele, Madison Rollins, Reilly Phillips, Laurel Hanks, Marvin Hagen and Andrew Molby. Thank you to the JCPC, Arin Farmer and the Alliance for all your suppprt for these kids and the Teen Court program. Be proud Gaston County!! Great job 2017 Summit Team!!!

04/08/2017

Good luck to the 2017 Teen Court Summit Team!! They will be competing tomorrow in Greensboro. Good luck!!!

02/27/2017

Next Teen Court hearings will be held on Tuesday, February 28th. We meet in Courtroom 3C at the Gaston County Courthouse - 5:00 p.m. Come be a part of a program that makes a difference in our County!!!

02/13/2017

Teen Court will hold hearings on Tuesday, February 14th at the Gaston County Courthouse. We meet in Courtroom 3C. Please check in by 5:00 p.m. We will also be recognizing Teen Dating Violence Awareness Day. Please join us in a program that truly makes a difference!

01/09/2017

As Gaston County Schools are closed for Tuesday, January 10th, all scheduled Teen Court activities are canceled. If you have questions, contact the office at 704 852-3339.

12/22/2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Teen Court Volunteer attorneys and those volunteers that help us throughout the year. You are the core of the program! Wishing you and your families a safe and wonderful holiday!!!! We will see you in January of 2017!!!!

Address

325 N Marietta St, Rm 2D
Gastonia, NC
28054

Steven Morris- Chief Teen Court Attorney Jared Lowe- Assistant ChiefTeen Court Attorney Wendy Whisnant-Teen Court Coordinator

General information

We meet every second and fourth Tuesday at the Gaston County Courthouse in courtroom 2D. If you have any questions regarding cases, case selection, or volunteering, you may contact Wendy Whisnant (Teen Court Coordinator) at 704-852-3354. Thanks, Gaston County Teen Court Est. 2001

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 08:00 - 17:00
Sunday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(704) 852-3100

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