Youth court is under the supervision of a judge and also includes youth defendants and volunteers who play a variety of roles in the judicial process, such as district attorney, public defender, bailiff or juror. Youth court is youth-focused and youth-driven. The youth court model provides youth the opportunity to acquire practical experience in the juvenile justice system. Youth gain a better understanding of their rights, justice and the law, and are empowered to make better decisions in their daily lives. While all youth courts are not exactly alike, most youth courts accept first time, non-violent offenders into the program. The process of being referred to a youth court may also differ slightly from court to court.
Teen court is a volunteer program that allows juvenile Class C misdemeanor offenders to pay for their citation by completing community service hours. Defendants' cases are presented to a jury of their peers. Volunteer teen attorneys will represent the defendant. Teen jurors assign community service hours according to the discipline grid. Upon successful completion, the case is dismissed. Juveniles age 13 - 18 who are currently enrolled in an accredited secondary educational program may request teen court from the municipal judge for most Class C misdemeanors filed in the City of Plano Municipal Court. The defendant must enter a plea of no contest or guilty.
Midland Teen Court works to interrupt developing patterns of illegal behavior by motivating youth for self-improvement, developing healthy attitudes toward authority, and increasing self-esteem. Teen Court stresses the responsibility and accountability of each individual for his actions. Service on a Midland Teen Court jury challenges individual youth to perform at the highest level of ability. Teen Court also educates youth in preparation for life responsibilities as an individual, family member and citizen.
County offices will resume regular hours on Tuesday, November Collection Centers will resume regular hours on Wednesday, November Essential services provided by Public Safety will continue as usual. What is Teen Court? Find out here.