Criminal Justice at Bartlett High School
It’s Recruitment Season for the Youth Court Program
We need students to be a lawyer prosecuting criminals and defending juvenile criminals at a real Juvenile Court trial.
We need students to sit on a real Juvenile Court jury and decide the punishment for a juvenile criminal.
These students will be trained by and work with real lawyers in the Juvenile justice System.
- Members will serve in the roles of prosecutors, defenders, bailiffs, jury forepersons and jurors.
- Members are mentored by practicing licensed attorneys as they prepare their own opening statements, closing arguments, issue subpoenas and prepare victims and witnesses for scheduled hearings.
- The program is a FANTASTIC opportunity for ALL students with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA that pass a criminal background check. It is especially IDEAL for students who have an expressed interest in working within the legal community.
- Additionally, our member’s health and safety are paramount to us, so we've implemented some important procedures that will help keep our community feeling as good as possible during this uncertain and unprecedented time. The Youth Court Program will continue to conduct hearings virtually on the Zoom conferencing platform. Tentatively, these hearings will remain on 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, beginning at 5:00pm and ending around 7:00pm.
Applications can be picked up from
Mr. Schwill in A209,
Mr. Riding in A201, and
Mr. Rovery at the Academy.
They can also be picked up at the front office.
Working in conjunction with Shelby County Juvenile Court, we have established a very active Youth Court Program. Youth Court is a juvenile delinquency diversion and peer-justice program. It is devoted to restorative justice principles—that is, we work to repair the damaged relationship between youthful offenders, the victims, families and our community. Youth Court is dedicated to rehabilitating first-time nonviolent offenders, holding young people accountable for their behavior, and educating youth about citizenship, the legal system, and constructive conflict resolution.
The goal of Youth Court is to use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed non-violent first time minor offenses will repair the damage they caused to their victims and to our community and receive the help they need to avoid further confrontation with the justice system. Presently the program has over a 95% success rate statewide .
Youth Court will not impose custodial (jail) sentences or fines. Sentences will focus on restorative and rehabilitative measures, including: Written or oral apologies, restitution (paying the victim the value of the damage caused to the victim), essays, counseling, drug and alcohol assessments, addiction treatment, curfew, and community service.
It should be noted that several of these students have used these contacts to secure summer jobs, and some even employment for several years. This public service also counts as community service hours and looks great on a college resume.
Mock Trial Competition
We have also started a Mock Team that will be in competition with other teams from area high schools in the coming school year. You can contact me if you are interested in joining the club.
I can be contacted at email@example.com
MR. SCHWILL’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE CLASS
Classroom Expectations: Rules and Procedures 2019 - 20
Follow directions and show respect towards all staff and students
Come to class on time and be prepared with all materials
Be a responsible young adult and accountable for your actions
Raise your hand to ask and answer questions
Have a positive attitude
Store ALL purses and backpacks are to be on the floor or under the desk
Adhere strictly to cell phone and personal device policies.
Change of seat
Phone call or e-mail to parents
Written referral to appropriate principal
- Students should enter the class in a quiet manner and go directly to their assigned seat where they will do the following:
- Have all materials ready for the lesson (notebooks, paper, pen/pencil, computer)
- Make sure that your pencil is sharpened or pen has ink, and computer charged
- Begin posted bell work
- Work silently
- All homework must be handed in when collected.Late work will only be accepted one day late for only 80% of credit.
- If you are absent from class, and your absence is excused, it is your responsibility to find out what you have missed. Prepare the material that you have missed, and return it within the correct time period (see Bartlett City Schools handbook).
Remember, it is your responsibility to turn in the missed assignments and to take the missed quizzes and/or tests.
4.Criminology Notebook: 1 inch. 3-ring binder with 5 index dividers, and paper. Bring to class everyday. Have a divider for the following: Important/Dual Credit, Vocabulary, StudyGuides, and Work. You will need to keep everything until the end of the semester, except dual credit notes, which will be kept permanently.
- Cheating in any form or fashion will not be tolerated, and will result in an automatic zero. Any students caught copying or allowing another student to copy their work will receive a zero for the assignment.
- State standards are the focus of this course and an engaged student is an indispensable part student success.
- Each time a student is late to class, chooses to sleep in class, or does not complete the assigned class work it will have a negative effect on his performance and reflected in his/her grade.
Grading System: Homework, Class Participation, Class Work 30%
Tests, Projects 40%