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. By bringing the teens before a jury of their peers, Teen Court seeks to deter future unlawful behavior while providing direct experience with the court system and a greater understanding of their future role as productive citizens. Instead of paying a fine, the teen is sentenced to constructive service in a community service organization and jury duty in the Teen Court. Other non-monetary sanctions are also possible. Upon successful completion, the case is dismissed thus avoiding the fine and keeping the teen’s record clear.
- Hold juvenile offenders responsible for their behavior and help them recognize that the consequences are a direct result of their own actions.
- Provide teenage offenders with a positive experience in the judicial system, thereby reducing recidivism and helping deter the possibility of committing other crimes.
- Educate youth volunteers and offenders on the legal and judicial process.
- Establish positive relationships between the community and its youth, promoting increased understanding and communication
- Assist Lewisville, Flower Mound and local community agencies in saving labor expense by providing youth as community service workers.