Teen Roles


Peer Panelist


Panelists report for duty on their assigned nights to follow the RPC procedures and thoughtfully hear the cases on the docket. They will be given the opportunity to ask the respondent questions, as directed by the elder. Following the testimony, panelists deliberate and determine sanctions for the respondent. A panelist will be selected as Foreperson. Panelists will share their opinions and participate in the discussions. When sanctions are delivered, panelists support the decisions made by the group and maintain the Oath of Confidentiality.


Lead Panelist


Lead Panelists must have regularly participated in RPC for a minimum of 3 sessions and have demonstrated the ability to follow the Code of Conduct. Lead Panelists will be selected by the RPC Coordinator, based on the above criteria and the age of the respondent. The Lead Panelists ask the respondent, parents, and/or victims questions which help the Peer Panelists to understand the nature of the offense, the character of the respondent, and the harm which has been caused by the offense.




The Convener role is a leadership role. The Convener consults with the Elder/Judge prior to the cases on the docket and assists the Elder/Judge in conducting the RPC procedures. He/She collects attendance during deliberation and transfers the Sanction Sheet to and from the Elder/Judge. They play a big role in making sure that court starts on time.


The convener will also provide leadership during class sessions. They will help to ensure classes start on time, that students return from breaks on time, etc. The Convener also provides general classroom assistance: sign-in sheets, handouts, etc.



The Facilitator is assigned by the RPC Coordinator and he/she guides the panelists through the Peer Court process and the Restorative Guidelines/Sanctions Sheet. They make sure that ALL panelists have an opportunity to speak during the opening and deliberation periods of the court hearing. The Facilitator will also assist the Elder/Judge as directed.



During the Deliberation Period, the Scribe records Restorative Guidelines and the succinct, clear reasoning attached to each reparation. The scribe transfers information onto the Restorative Guidelines/Sanction Sheet, thus finalizing the proposed agreement. When directed by the Judge/Elder, the scribe will read aloud the agreement to the respondent during the Closing portion of the hearing. The Respondent has the opportunity to accept or refuse the proposed agreement. 



Peer Mentor(s)


The Peer Mentor sits in with the Panelists before court and helps prepare them for the process. They also sit with the Panelists after the RPC Process and answer any questions about the RPC process, sanctions, next steps, evaluations, etc.  They act as a friendly liaison between the RPC staff, the Respondent, and all others involved. They encourage and assist panelists and participants throughout the RPC program.

Adult Roles

Elder/Adult Judges

The Elder in the RPC provide guidance in understanding Restorative Practices as a whole.  They provide guidance to the students on how the case may proceed if it was not referred to RPC.  The judges are probation officers, district attorneys, public defenders, municipal judges and retired police officers.  They are able to bring in expertise of the law to students and provide job interest information to students. 



Offender/Respondent Party Supporter

Respondent Party Supporters are made up of adult community members that help maintain the Restorative Practices of Peer Court.  They meet with the family the night of the RPC session, answer any questions that may have come up between the initial intake done by the coordinator and the RPC session.  Once the family is comfortable with them, the respondent and family enters the RPC session, with the Support Person sitting by the family.  Upon dismissal for the Panelists to deliberate, the Support Person sits with the family to talk more in-depth about Restorative Justice, and what the possible outcomes could be.  They are there as support to the family and respondent.  Once the Panelists reach an agreement on restorative sanctions, the exit interviewer takes time to explain in detail what they are and how to complete them in a timely manor.  If the student is assigned a peer mentor, the Support Person and RPC Coordinator will introduce them at this time. 



Youth Coach


The Youth Coach is present during preparation for the RPC process and aides the RPC Coordinator in various ways. For example, they will likely be asked to help with sign-in sheets, assigning roles, room setup, and general supervision.



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