Hampshire Constabulary are currently recruiting for volunteers (ages 14-25) to be part of the out of court disposal process known as Community Court.
Community Court involves young volunteers who are trained to operate a “peer court” that decides outcomes for suitable, first-time young offenders who commit applicable crimes.
The Community Court holds peer-led hearings involving young people who have offended and any victims of a crime to primarily establish what harm has been caused and how it can be repaired.
The programme works to aid the police’s use of non-charged outcomes and is only available in suitable cases as an alternative to prosecution via the criminal courts. Therefore those who have been referred will have admitted their crime, the circumstances of the crime are as such that a criminal prosecution is not being sought, and the respondent to the crime is willing to take part in a restorative process.
If this sounds like something a young person you know would like to be involved in please contact the community court mailbox via the following email address adding ‘community court recruitment’ in the subject field: firstname.lastname@example.org
The picture above shows the Basingstoke Community Court who won last year’s Young Volunteer Regional Award; click the link button below to read more about their achievements