Teen Volunteers are needed to serve as Teen Court Attorneys for the 2017-2018 school year!
As a Teen Court Attorney, you will present either the State or Defendant's case to a Judge and teen jurors with opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, and closing arguments. You will also recommend an appropriate sentence to the Judge and jury. Teen Court meets the second Wednesday of every month from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. To be considered, you must be at least 15 years old and available during those times. You must be able to commit for at least one school year and, if selected after the application process, attend the mandatory teen attorney training session. The Teen Court Attorney Training Session will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Wylie Recreation Center. To volunteer as a Teen Court Attorney you must submit an application by March 31, 2017, to Juvenile Case Manager Katonya Johnson at the Wylie Municipal Court.
Teen Court Attorney Application 2017-2018 Due by March 31, 2017
What is Teen Court?
Teen Court is a specially designed court that hears certain Class C misdemeanor cases filed in the Wylie Municipal Court. This program is an option for juvenile offenders to keep these violations from appearing on his/her driving or criminal record. Juvenile offenders will appear in Teen Court with his/her parent or guardian. Teen Court Defense and Prosecuting Attorneys will explain the facts of the case to a panel of six Teen Court Jurors. The Teen Court Jurors will hear both attorneys ask the juvenile offender questions regarding his/her case. After hearing all of the evidence presented, the panel of Teen Court Jurors will deliberate and then determine the appropriate sentencing. There are guidelines set by the Municipal Court Judge to follow for sentencing that will always consist of community service and Teen Court Jury Service. Sentencing may also include participation in educational programs or other state-mandated programs. Teen Court programs have proven to be effective in reducing the number of teen repeat offenders by making youth accountable for their actions and by providing them with a positive peer group. Teen Court also teaches teens about the judicial process through firsthand experiences.
Who is eligible for Teen Court?
In August of 2016, the Wylie Municipal Court began to offer this option for offenders who are between the ages of 13 and 17 (some 18 year olds may be eligible). Any person who meets the following criteria may be eligible:
*is between the ages of 13 and 17 (some 18 year olds may be eligible)
*has received a certain Class C misdemeanor citation
*pleads guilty or nolo contendre (no contest)
*attend ISD school district
*has not been a defendant in Teen Court the year preceding alleged offense date
*must remain a student in an accredited secondary school while completing the teen court sentence
*anyone who is on probation or whose case involves personal injury must obtain approval from the Judge having original jurisdiction
How do I request my case be heard in Teen Court?
If your citation was filed with the Wylie Municipal Court, you may apply at the Wylie Municipal Court office at 300 Country Club Road. If eligible, you will be given an application and related forms. This paperwork along with a $20.00 non-refundable fee, plus any applicable court costs, must be completed and returned prior to your case being scheduled for a Teen Court docket. If you are a juvenile (age 16 or younger), the option of Teen Court will be made available to you at your required court appearance.
Is there a dress code for Teen Court?
Absolutely! Teen Court is a legal court held in a regular courtroom. All participants must observe the following:
*no cell phone use in courtroom
*no torn or dirty jeans and no shorts
*no hats or caps
*no t-shirts, or sheer see-through clothing
*no tank tops, spaghetti straps, or low-cut tops
*no visible skin mid-thigh to the stomach
*no gum chewing
*no sandals, shower shoes or flip flops
*shirts must be tucked in
Teen Court reserves the right to refuse participation for anyone who does not meet these guidelines. Defendants' cases may be referred back to a regular court.
When are Teen Court Sessions?
The following are Teen Court's 2016-2017 dates. All sessions are held on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm, at 300 Country Club Road in the City of Wylie Council Chambers. Teen Attorneys should be in the courtroom by 5:30 pm, and Defendants and Jurors by 5:45 pm.
February 8, 2017
March 8, 2017
April 12, 2017
May 10, 2017
June 14, 2017
July 12, 2017
If you are interested in participating in the Teen Court program as a volunteer, you may apply to become a Teen Court Juror. Please click on the application below for instructions and more information. Please also click on the calendar below for the 2016/2017 dockets and sign-up deadlines.
Teen Court Juror Application
Teen Court Docket Sign-Up Deadlines
For more information please contact Juvenile Case Manager Katonya Johnson at 972-429-8085, or firstname.lastname@example.org.