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Peer Court
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Gina Riley
Peer Court Coordinator

1950 Main Street
Sweet Home, OR  97386

Ph: (541) 367-5181
Fx: (541) 367-5235

SHPD Training Room
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hearings are held on Tuesday


The Sweet Home Peer Court is an alternative court within the criminal justice system for juveniles who commit misdemeanors or violations. Youth may be referred to Peer Court by police officers, the Juvenile Department or the school resource officer.

After admitting their guilt, offenders can be accepted into Peer Court. Juries made up of junior and high school students hear their cases. After determining the facts of the case, each jury recommends a sentence for the defendant that is appropriate for the crime and the circumstances.

Juries are made up of volunteers and offenders. After sentencing, the Peer Court Coordinator monitors each case to assure that the offender complies with the sentence. Students who fail to comply with the sentencing are referred to the Linn County Juvenile Department.

The Peer Court's ultimate objective is to deter youth from the commission of second offenses...and by its example as a model for understanding justice and law, to prevent more first time offenses as well.

How Peer Court Works


Peer Court Student Volunteer Application

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Sweet Home City Hall, 1140 12th Avenue, Sweet Home, OR 97386, Ph: (541) 367-5128, Fax (541) 367-5113