Teen Court

Notice: As of now, the Irving Teen Court is accepting new applications for the next training date. Please register using our online system. Please note: The next training is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2018. All pending applicants will be contacted then. There is no need to re-apply. Please call the Teen Court office with questions at (972) 721-3601.

Program Information

Teen Court is a legally binding alternative system of justice that offers young offenders an opportunity to make restitution for their offenses through community service, educational classes, and jury service. This allows eligible teens to take responsibility for their actions.

Teen Court allows both offenders and teen volunteers to better understand our system of justice. Teen Court is held one to two Tuesday evenings each month at 5:30 p.m. We are located on the second floor of the Criminal Justice Center at 305 N. O'Connor Road in Irving. You can reach us at (972) 721-3601.

There are two avenues for teenagers to become involved with the Teen Court program:

If you have received a ticket and are interested in enrolling in teen court to get your ticket dismissed:

  • You must be 10 to 17 years old or currently enrolled in high school.
  • You must enter a plea of guilty or no contest within 21 days of receiving a citation at the Municipal Court and request Teen Court.
  • You must not have been through a teen court program in the state of Texas within the past year.
  • There is a $20 registration fee.
  • Teens under 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and may enter a plea 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
  • Teens 17 and over do not need a parent present to enter a plea 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

In order to save yourself an additional trip to the court, please note that Teen Court enrollments are not conducted on Tuesday afternoons.

  1. Defendants
  2. Discipline Grid
  3. Volunteer

The following are requirements for youths who wish to select the Teen Court program as the alternative for handling their tickets.

10- to 13-Year-Olds

The program for 10- to 13-year-olds consists of the youth and a parent / guardian attending counseling sessions held in the Youth and Family Counseling area of the Police Department. First-time offenders with either Assault or Fighting in Public citations are required to attend two Anger Management classes offered in both English and Spanish.

For first-time offenders with other types of citations, one group counseling session (First Offender program) is required. English classes are held on Monday and Spanish on Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m.

If youths are not first-time offenders, a Subsequent Offender Program is available (it includes four counseling sessions on consecutive Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m.). A parent is required to attend all programs. Enrollment is done through the Teen Court office.

Upon notification of completion of the appropriate program, the cases are taken back to the judge for dismissal.

14- to 17-Year-Olds

Fourteen- through 17-year-olds and others still enrolled in high school will have their cases heard before a jury of their peers. A verdict will be rendered that includes community service hours (within a pre-established range on the discipline grid ) and at least one jury term. Additionally, the jury may include one of the following options in the verdict:

  • In Teen Court, most non-traffic offenses are presented to a jury of teens. Teen defense attorneys and prosecutors ask questions of the defendant, argue the case before the jury, and then the jury returns a verdict. A master jury hears most traffic citations. The master jury functions more like a grand jury, with direct interaction between the jurors and the defendant.
  • Defendants are allowed 90 days to complete their sentences and jury term(s). The completion of the Teen court sentence results in automatic dismissal of the case, so it is not a conviction on the teen's record. Also, the defendant does not have to pay the fine or court costs, and moving violations will not affect their insurance rate.
  • On any given Teen Court night, there will be cases heard in multiple courtrooms plus two master juries. The total number of cases heard in Irving Teen Court on any given night ranges from 38 to 45, which translates to a total of approximately 1,800 cases per year.