What is Teen Court?
Teen Court is a 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 constructive 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. For more information, please see the Teen Court fact sheet.
- 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
Through close supervison of juvenile defendants in Teen Court and by providing counseling, drug testing and assessments and educational programs, the Teen Court program works to interrup developing patters of illegal behavior. The Teen Court program helps motivate and challenge juveniles to become better citizens so that they are able to contribute more to society.
Interested in becoming a Teen Court Volunteer? Interested applicants should be between 13 - 18 years of age and should be willing to commit to serving the Teen Court at least 3 sessions. Please mail, e-mail or bring an application signed by a parent or guardian, the Teen Court office will then contact you with further information, applications should be addressed to the contact information listed above, view teen volunteer application. Interested adults may also volunteer and should have a desire to work with young people, view adult volunteer application.
Teen Court Dates
Teen Court meets twice a month on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm and begins promptly at 6:00 pm at New Braunfels Municipal Court 550 Landa Street. You must contact the court in advance to volunteer.
Teen Court AcademyThe 2020 Teen Court Academy will begin April 28, 2020 and end on June 23, 2020. The deadline to submit your Teen Court Academy Application is April 10, 2020. If you have any questions please contact the Juvenile Case Manager, Norma Herrera, at (830) 221-4185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: In light of recent health directives and concerns, the 2020 Teen Court Academy schedule will be postponed. The court will post further details as they become available.