Check back soon for registration information. Teen courts provide a voluntary alternative to traditional adjudication and sentencing for teenagers in municipal or justice courts. Texas teen courts are governed by Section Where offered, young defendants are able to plead no contest or guilty and have their case heard amongst peers. Teen courts have proven very successful in preventing impaired driving and other traffic offenses committed by teenagers. There are multiple aims of teen court.
The courtroom was silent, except for some shuffling papers and nervous whispers. Now, if the Foreperson would please read the sentence of the jury. The judge then explained that if this had been traditional district court, s he could have received up to 60 days in a juvenile justice facility for committing a Class 2 Misdemeanor. Cases are referred by law enforcement, school resource officers, judges and court counselors. Sessions in Teen Court are structured to resemble traditional district court as much as possible. An adult judge presides over court proceedings, and an armed deputy serves as the bailiff. Jeremiah and Bieisy provide supervision in the deliberation room, but everything else is conducted by the youth.
Skip to search form Skip to main content. Its acceptance has been fueled, in part, by positive anecdotal reports from those involved with this peer-centered approach. This Bulletin examines several teen court evaluations, but cautions that we lack the empirical data needed to fully evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention.
September 18, By: Ryan F. O'Neil, Research Assistant.