Teen Court

Notice: We are accepting applications at this time. Due to health and safety measures implemented for Covid-19, the next training date is to be determined. Please register online

Please note: All pending applicants will be contacted. There is no need to re-apply. Please call the Teen Court office with questions at (972) 721-3601.

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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 the system of justice. Teen Court is held one to two Tuesday evenings each month at 5:30 p.m. Teen Court is located on the second floor of the Criminal Justice Center, 305 N. O'Connor Road. For more information, call (972) 721-3601.

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

Teens who have received a ticket may enroll in teen court to get the ticket dismissed. Requirements include:

  • Applicant must be 10 to 17 years old or currently enrolled in high school.
  • Applicant must enter a plea of guilty or no contest within 21 days of receiving a citation at the Municipal Court and request Teen Court.
  • Applicant 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 younger than 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 older do not need a parent present to enter a plea, which can be done 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

In addition, note that Teen Court enrollments are not conducted on Tuesday afternoons.