The Criminal Legal System for Teenagers



This activity explains how the criminal legal system often treats teenagers differently than adults. It starts with an overview of the court system and some basic criminal law concepts, such as the presumption of innocence.

The classroom activities include discussions, debates, a simulation of the court decision process and an optional essay.

Students are asked to reflect on why there is a special criminal process for teenagers and to give their opinions on the issue.

Target Audience

High school students, especially Secondary Cycle II


Four class periods of 60 minutes each

Suggested Courses

  • Contemporary World
  • Ethics and Religious Culture
  • English Language Arts
  • History

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