What is Teen Court?
Teen Court is an 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 community 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.
- 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 volunteer and offenders on the legal and judicial process.
- Establish positive relationships between the community and its youth, promoting increased understanding and communication.
- Assist Lewisville, Flower Mound and local community agencies in saving labor expense by providing youth as community service workers.