Downers Grove Regional Peer Jury

A peer jury is an alternative to court for first-time juvenile offenders of non-serious offenses, such as theft, vandalism, disorderly conduct, tobacco possession or underage drinking. The program allows young offenders to account for their actions before a group of their peers and determine means of restitution to their victims and the community.

Juvenile offenders must agree to the peer jury process and provide an admission of guilt to participate in the program.  


The program is open to high-school aged sophomores, juniors and seniors who reside in one the following participating communities: Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Oak Brook or Willowbrook.

Participation in the program is limited to 52 students and divided by the population percentage of the municipalities that participate in the program. Jurors are selected by the municipality the student resides in. 

Examples of cases heard by the Peer Jury include:

  • Damage to Property
  • Retail Theft
  • Disorderly Conduct/Fighting/Battery
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Curfew
  • Possession of Alcohol/Cannabis/Drug Paraphernalia


  • A willingness to commit 2-3 hours a month to attend peer jury hearings.
  • Possess an interest in helping peers and the community.
  • Maturity to keep sensitive information confidential.
  • Must have parent or guardian approval to participate.


An Inside Look

Learn more about the peer jury program.

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