Check back soon for information about the edition. Teen courts provide a voluntary alternative to traditional adjudication and sentencing for teenagers in municipal or justice courts. Texas teen courts are governed by Section Where offered, young defendants are able to plead no contest or guilty and have their case heard amongst peers. Teen courts have proven very successful in preventing impaired driving and other traffic offenses committed by teenagers. There are multiple aims of teen court.
Skip to Main Content. Teen Court What is Teen Court? Teen Court is an alternative, voluntary program, which offers young offenders an opportunity to make restitution for an offense through community service, specialized classes and jury service, thus avoiding fines and keeping the juvenile's record clear. By bringing the teens before a jury of their peers, which sentences them to community service in a community service organization and jury duty, this program seeks to deter teens from future unlawful behavior, while providing direct experience in the judiciary system and an understanding of their future role as a productive citizen.
Teen Court is an educational opportunity that helps teen defendants and volunteers to understand our justice system. Teen Court is a voluntary program that allows juvenile Class C misdemeanor defendants to handle their citation through community service and involvement in the judicial process. The jury members assess a sentence of community service following the guidelines set by the Municipal Court.
Teen Court offers teenage offenders a second chance to learn from their mistakes without the high cost and stigma of a criminal record. Teen Court is a real justice program. It gives juveniles who have committed a misdemeanor crime a chance to appear before a jury of their peers. Cases heard in Teen Court involve crimes such as theft, shoplifting, criminal mischief, trespassing, third degree assault, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and minor in possession of alcohol. For the young person charged with a crime, Teen Court offers teenage offenders a second chance to learn from their mistakes without the high cost and stigma of a criminal record.