Clark County Law Foundation


Thank you for participating in the Clark County Law Foundation's Trial by Peers program. We are a diversion program working in cooperation with Juvenile Justice Services in which first and second time juvenile offenders can be tried, defended, and sentenced by their peers, all without receiving a criminal record.

If your child's case has been sent/referred to us, please click on the Step-by-Step drop-down menu on the right column and follow the instructions listed therein.


Juveniles can either be referred to the program for at risk behavior or can be sent to us by Juvenile Justice Services. In the program they will be tried, defended, and sentenced by their peers.

Eligible Charges:

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverage
  • Curfew violations
  • Trespassing
  • Break of Peace
  • Fight/Affray
  • Petty Larceny
  • Obstruction of a police officer
  • Loitering
  • Damage to school property
  • Cyber bullying
  • Graffiti
  • STEP 1: Fill out the mandatory intake forms found below. BOTH forms must be completed and turned in to CCLF offices before your child can participate. Staff will contact you to confirm receipt of your paperwork.
  • [defendant contact information form]
    [intake form] This program is free of charge and all information regarding income is collected for grant purposes only as we are a non-profit organization.
  • STEP 2: Staff will contact you within 72 hours to confirm your child's plea and notify you of your court date.
  • STEP 3: After scheduling your court date, one of our teen peer counselors will contact you to discuss your case. They are trained, certified, and assisted by a licensed attorney when handling your child's case. Depending on how your child chooses to plea (guilty or not guilty), will determine when your court date is scheduled.

All participants pleading or found guilty will have a sentence consisting of community service, jury duty, workshops, letters of apology, essays, and an evaluation form to be completed by both the minor and the parent.

You will have 45 days to complete the sentence assigned by the jury or your case will be returned which may result in a criminal record.

Upon completion of your sentence you will not have a criminal record.

What people say?

"I'm so delighted that I volunteered to become a peer for this program. It has brought so much positive experiences and knowledge about the legal system. TBP has helped me in better judgement to think twice about many of the consequences when a crime is violated, and how detrimental a juvenile record can effect your career once it gets on file. TBP has enlighten and thought me immeasurable about the process of the legal system while serving on jury duty. TBP is such a excellent program, it also gave me the opportunity to give back to the local community."

Quincy Ellison, Peer Counselor

What people say?

"I have been a Peer Counselor with Trial By Peers for 2 years now and I have to say it is an amazing program to be a part of. It has given me a chance to figure out what it is I want to be when I get older. I have the opportunity to work with my peers and with real attorneys. They are the senior attorneys and they help us if we need help analyzing our cases. I love being able to do real cases and actually present the cases in court like the attorneys do. It is great hands on experience and you learn a lot about the law. It is great community service and you get to meet a lot of great people. I am thankful to have this experience at such an early age."

Ciarra Wesley, Peer Counselor

What people say?

"Wow! Personally I have to say this is one of the best programs I have seen for a long time. The discipline that this teaches the children is priceless. The training is unbelievable. They work with them step by step so that they are confidently able to pass a junior bar exam. Attorneys and Judges come out after hours to talk with the children about Law and different aspects of the Law. It is amazing to see the patience they have with them. The program coordinators are awesome. They set clear expectations and are very helpful, encouraging and understanding. They respect the Peer Counselors as responsible young adults and offer their support to them beyond belief. This encourages them to strive even higher with their goals. I am quite thankful that my daughter had the opportunity to be a part of this wonder program. It will help her as she continues to consider her career directions. I recommend this program to everyone!"

Melodee Wesley, Parent of Ciarra Wesley

What people say?

"Typing this as I look out my dorm window to the University of North Dakota, I think back and see what Trial By Peers did for me. As a junior in college, I total thus far one internship with SkyWest Airlines, Vice Chair of the Student Policy Committee, a successful election to the University Senate, three years later I come the following conclusion: a great, great deal. Despite TBP and my major of Unmanned Aerial Systems being a world apart, what the program gave to me is immeasurable. Confidence. Great public speaking skills. Empathy. The deep seeded feeling that I helped and made a difference. Just to name a few. While my experiences during college both in and out of the classroom continue enrich my education and prepare me for a future that will no doubt be prosperous, the foundation that Trial By Peers help lay has given me a springboard to my current success. From the courtrooms of the many honorable judges, alongside the great volunteers of TBP, and of course Mom, to now the positive impact is beyond a reasonable doubt."

Shane Gerbert, Peer Counselor


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Tel: 702-333-8277
Fax: 702-405-0746
725 S. 8th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
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