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The Halifax County Teen Court program demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication at the 23rd Annual NC Teen Court Association Mock Trial Summit held in Concord, North Carolina.

The event, which brought together Teen Court participants from across the state, provided an opportunity for our students to showcase their legal acumen, network with peers, and deepen their understanding of the judicial system.

Competing in the statewide Teen Court mock trial competition, our students exemplified excellence and commitment. 

We are proud to announce that Kaileb Harrison was awarded the prestigious title of Best Defense Attorney overall in Courtroom A, while Sydney David distinguished herself as the Best Prosecutor Attorney in Courtroom B. 

(Members of the local Judiciary and the Halifax County Bar Association have planned a special session of court and Reception for Thursday, June 6 at 4 p.m. to celebrate the Halifax County Teen Court students who have showcased their legal acumen at the state level. The event will be held in the superior courtroom — Courtroom 1)  

Their outstanding performances reflect their hard work and dedication to the legal profession.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our Teen Court Coordinator, Dr. Tyrana Battle, whose guidance and leadership has been invaluable. 

Additionally, we express our appreciation to the dedicated chaperones who supported our students throughout the event: Mr. William Battle, Ms. Tammie Whitaker, Ms. Zaniya Battle, and Mr. Darian Pressley.

We are also grateful for the support and mentorship provided by Attorney Gary Redding, Attorney Jarrette Pittman, Attorney Kanter Morris, Danielle Moore, and Tiffany Brooks. 

Their expertise and encouragement have played a crucial role in the success of our Teen Court program.

Teen Court offers a unique opportunity for diversion from the traditional court process while ensuring accountability for delinquent acts. 

By actively participating in various roles within the judicial system, our students gain valuable insights and skills that empower them to become responsible citizens. 

The program fosters ongoing engagement with prosocial peers and activities, contributing to positive youth development.

On Monday, June 3, 2024, the Halifax County Teen Court was celebrated by the Halifax County Board of Commissioners by adopting a resolution in its honor.

The Halifax County Teen Court program provides an alternative approach to juvenile justice, offering participants the opportunity to engage in the judicial process while promoting accountability and personal growth. 

Through mock trial competitions and hands-on experiences, students develop critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills essential for success in both academic and professional endeavors.   

The Halifax County Teen Court program was originally started by The Honorable Brenda G. Branch on March 1, 2013 through funding from the Governor’s Crime Commission Grant.  Currently, the Halifax County Teen Court program is funded through the Halifax County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.  

Judge Teresa R. Freeman

Presiding Teen Court judge