Teen Court is an educational opportunity that helps teen defendants and volunteers to understand our justice system. Teen Court is a voluntary program that allows juvenile Class C misdemeanor defendants to handle their citation through community service and involvement in the judicial process. Cases are presented by volunteer Teen Court attorneys to a jury of the defendant's peers, including volunteers from local middle/high schools and previous teen defendants.
The jury members assess a sentence of community service following the guidelines set by the Municipal Court. Upon successfully completing Teen Court, the defendant will not have to pay any fines. Instead, the charges will be dismissed and removed from the youth's permanent record.
Allen's Teen Court program allows teens to serve as defense and prosecuting attorneys, bailiffs, jurors, and clerks. Teens may choose which roles are of interest to them. Attorney volunteer positions require additional training.
If you are interested in participating, please complete an application to volunteer for Teen Court and return the form to the clerks window at Municipal Court (301 Century Parkway). Applications and brochures are also available at the Municipal Court front office.
Upcoming Teen Court dates are:
- Bench Trials, November 7: 4:45 – 6 p.m.
- Bench Trials, December 5: 4:45 – 6 p.m.
- Jury Trials, December 11: 5:30 – 6 p.m.
- Bench Trials, January 16: 4:45 - 6 p.m.
- Jury Trials, January 22: 5:3 0- 8 p.m.
- Teen Court Training, January 27: TBA
- Bench Trials, February 6: 4:45 - 6 p.m.
- Jury Trials, February 12: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
- Bench Trials, February 20: 4:45 - 6 p.m.
- Jury Trials, February 26: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
- Bench Trials, March 6: 4:45 - 6 p.m.
- NO TEEN COURT - March 12 – SPRING BREAK
- Bench Trials, March 20: 4:45 - 6 p.m.
- Jury Trials, March 26: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
- Bench Trials, April 3: 4:45 - 6 p.m.
- Jury Trials, April 9: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
- Bench Trials, April 17: 4:45 - 6 p.m.
- Jury Trials, April 23: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
- Bench Trials, May 1: 4:45 - 6 p.m.
- Jury Trials, May 7: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
- Bench Trials, May: 15 4:45 - 6 p.m.
- Jury Trials, May 21: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
- No electronic devices (including cell phones)
- No audio/visual recordings without permission
- No pets
- No weapons
- No gum, food or drinks
- No tobacco/vaping/e-cigarettes
- Gain community service hours
- Receive letters of recommendation for colleges and scholarships
- Develop strong interpersonal skills
- Make a meaningful difference in your community
- Experience court procedures and the legal system firsthand
- Help other teens by diverting them from a criminal record
- Learn responsibility and accountability