There are many ways you can be involved in Trial by Peers. For those ages 12-17, you can volunteer as a peer counselor, clerk, or jury member.
Trial by Peers needs trained student volunteers (Peer Counselors) to prosecute and defend juvenile offenders in court. As these are actual court cases, peer counselors must attend a summer training course taught by local judges and attorneys.
Court clerks handle all the paperwork during trial and works directly with the judge to ensure the trial runs smoothly. Clerks swear in jurors and witnesses , give jury members instructions, and have judgement forms signed.
Jury members decide either innocence, guilt, or decide the sentence of youths on trial. Jurors will hear the arguments of both counsels and must base their decisions on the evidence.