Guidelines for assisting MIP Court

This is a learning opportunity to develop an understanding of the duties and responsibilities for assisting in Minor in Possession (MIP) court. The goal for MIP Court is for youth to successfully complete all conditions, resulting in reinstatement of driving privileges within 6 months. The purpose of MIP court is NOT to punish but to create a plan to help ensure youth actions do not progress to a more restrictive proceeding.

Learning objectives

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of policies and procedures of MIP Court.
  • Learn philosophical perspectives endorsed and implemented by the Juvenile Department, such as Best Practices and Restorative Justice.
  • Observe and assist in guiding youth and families through the court process.

Support role

  • Each person brings their own wisdom and experience. There may be opportunities when a supervisor will be explaining something and you’ll want to learn more. You are encouraged to ask about this out of the youth & families presence.
  • Being present, listening, caring and being genuine can have a huge impact on the youth we serve. Be aware of your presence and how it can impact a serious conversation or situation.
  • You are a role model to our youth. We ask that you recognize the impact you have on our youth and families and take it seriously. This includes foul language, time on your phone, and other distracting behaviors.
  • Trust your supervisor. They follow procedures for a purpose. Use each scenario and phone call as an opportunity to inquire about our processes and become more informed of department practices.
  • A second adult being present and listening to youth can be useful if youth discloses something that needs to be followed up on.


  • Dress appropriate for your shifts at CCJD. Follow the standard of your supervisor. No revealing clothing, logos promoting alcohol, tobacco or drugs are allowed.
  • Do your best to listen to youth and supervisors. You can learn a lot about how follow up questions are asked and why decisions are made.
  • There are no WRONG questions to ask staff, when youth are out of hearing range. This is your opportunity to learn as much has you can.


  • Interns & volunteers must be 21 years of age at the time of internship (does this go up to the previous category?
  • Group Intake is set 30 days prior to court date. During intake families will be notified of the court process and will be served summons. Parents will be provided with treatment resources and encouraged to get their son/daughter into a drug and alcohol evaluation and begin treatment prior to court date. After the group intake, the parents and youth will watch a drug and alcohol awareness presentation.
  • MIP Court is held the first Monday of the Month at 5:00 pm. At this time, youth come before the judge and are able to make the choice between diversion, fines, or going to trial. Youth choosing diversion will be given copies of paperwork, information on weekly UA’s, and a phone number to call for community service hours. They are also taken to the Juvenile Intake & Assessment Center (JIAC) for a urine analysis (UA).
  • One intern/volunteer can split their time between two or more programs. Doing so is advised for a better learning experience.
  • There are several required online trainings for all adults working with youth. Trainings must be complete within 2 weeks of start date, or prior. Trainings include: Mandatory reporting, Bloodborne pathogens, Confidentiality, On-site shooter, Computer protocols, CJIS security training.
  • Attendance at all in-house trainings are required to complete internship credits. Day trainings include: Restorative Justice, CCJD overview, working with Youth in the Community, CPI (Crisis Prevention and Intervention) if offered during internship time frame.
  • Additional opportunities to compliment your experience are: Court observations, Intake and Assessment (IAC) observation, informational interviews, observation of Drug Court, observing a cognitive skills group – all will be scheduled by volunteer coordinator
  • Hours of internship will be reported to Volunteer Coordinator monthly