Downers Grove Regional Peer Jury

  1. About Peer Jury
  2. Become a Peer Juror
  3. Hearing Dates

The Village of Willowbrook is excited to announce its participation in the recently formed Downers Grove Regional Peer Jury program. 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 jury is comprised of high-school aged student volunteers. Juveniles must agree to the peer jury process and provide an admission of guilt to participate in the program.

In 2018, the Downers Grove Village Council directed staff to operate a peer jury program for qualifying cases from municipalities nearby Downers Grove which previously participated in the Downers Grove Township program. This cooperative effort includes Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, & Willowbrook. The Downers Grove Regional Peer Jury was sworn in by DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin on October 16, 2018.

​The Peer Jury's purpose is to provide a means for the young offender to account for their own behavior to a group of peers and repair the harm caused to the victim and to the surrounding community. Peer Jury does not determine guilt or innocence. Peer Jurors attempt to understand why the offender committed the offense and then determine the consequences to help the offender be accountable for their actions and further develop the offender into an upstanding member of the community. Peer Jurors sign an oath of confidentiality and are required to recuse themselves from any case in which they know or could know the offender. All juveniles appearing before the Peer Jury are treated with dignity and respect.

What it takes to be a Peer Juror

  • A willingness to commit 2-3 hours a month to attend peer jury hearings
  • Possess an interest in helping peers and the community
  • Must have parent or guardian approval to participate
  • Must be trusted to keep confidential information
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Examples of cases heard by the Peer Jury include:

  • Damage to Property
  • Theft
  • Retail Theft
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Fighting/Battery
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Curfew
  • Possession of Alcohol
  • Possession of cannabis/drug paraphernalia
  • Other Cases as Approved