Teen Court

Teen Court offers teenage offenders a chance to learn from their mistakes without a criminal record.

Teen Court is a real justice program. It gives juveniles who have committed a misdemeanor crime a chance to appear before a jury of their peers. Cases heard in Teen Court involve crimes such as theft, shoplifting, criminal mischief, trespassing, third degree assault, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and minor in possession of alcohol.

“This is your chance to make a positive, lasting impact in the life of another.”

For the young person charged with a crime, Teen Court offers teenage offenders a second chance to learn from their mistakes without the high cost and stigma of a criminal record. It’s a positive “hands on” experience meant to divert offenders away from a pattern of criminal behavior. The Sarpy County Teen Court is monitored by the Teen Court Coordinator, Leonard Matthias. Read more about us in this Omaha Daily Record article.

All juveniles who participate in Teen Court are screened by Diversion Officers. Participation in Teen Court is on a voluntary basis for minors who admit responsibility for the offense and choose to go before their peers to receive the consequences of their actions. The juveniles who successfully complete Teen Court do not have a conviction on their record.

We need volunteers, ages 13 to 18 (and still in school) who want to help another youth by actively participating in these cases as either a jury member, or a defending or prosecuting attorney.

We’re looking for teens who:

  • Want to help others

  • Have their parent’s permission to participate

  • Can attend one training session that occurs 30 minutes before each Teen Court

  • Can take an oath to maintain strict confidentiality

Participating in Teen Court not only helps the juvenile on trial, but also helps you gain a deeper understanding of our legal system. It’s a great way to give back to our community in only a few hours a month.

To learn more about volunteering, please contact us at 402-593-2207 or e-mail!


Any questions please call Leonard Matthias, Teen Court Coordinator at (402) 593-2207 or email Leonard at lmatthias@sarpy.gov. 

All events held across from the Public Defender’s Office at 1210 Golden Gate Dr. in Papillion. 

Please arrive by 4:30 pm. Cases conclude between 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm.

January 3rd, 17th and 31st

February 14th and 28th

March 14th and 28th

April 11th and 25th

May 9th and 23rd

June 6th and 20th

July 18th

August 1st, 15th and 29th

September 12th and 26th

October 10th and 24th

November 7th and 21st

December 5th and 19th