Peer Court back in session


March 30, 2022

Benny Westcott

Peer Court members, from left, Shayla Sanders, Autumn Ice, Hailee Pedraza, and Amadia Newcomer take their oath at a mock peer court session on March 16.

Like many activities halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sweet Home Peer Court is returning after a long layoff. 

The typically monthly court will be back in session starting April 12 for the first time since December 2019, with a subsequent court date in May and potentially a third in June. 

In the Sweet Home Peer Court, juveniles are diverted from prosecution through the Linn County Juvenile Department and Sweet Home Police Department. Its successful completion results in offenders not having a juvenile police record. 

The court's purpose is not to determine guilt or innocence, as the...

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