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Teen Court

​​​​​​​​​​​TEEN COURT

Maria Fernandez
Juvenile Case Manager

972-304-7084
mfernandez@coppelltx.gov

 The Teen Court Program provides a voluntary alternative to the "sentencing arm," of Municipal Court. To be eligible, participants must: be between the ages of 14 and 18, currently enrolled in a middle or high school, have received a citation in the City of Coppell for a Class C misdemeanor offense (not related to Alcohol or Tobacco), enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere and pay an administrative fee, to request permission of the court to go before a jury of their peers to receive their "sentence." The verdicts rendered in Teen Court include a specific number of community service hours and at least one jury term, in lieu of paying the fine and having the offense go on their record. If the requirements are completed within ninety days the case will be dismissed and no fine will be collected (although payment of administrative fees are required), and the offense does not become a part of the youth's record. This program provides an educational opportunity through which youths may take responsibility for their own actions while receiving a second chance.

The Coppell Teen Court program meets twice a month in the municipal courtroom, located at 130 Town Center Blvd., Coppell, Texas. Anyone interested in participating in the program as a defendant, teen volunteer, or adult volunteer, should contact Maria Fernandez, Juvenile Case Manager at 972-304-7084. Email address:mfernandez@coppelltx.gov.


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​​2017 TEEN COURT DATES

​November 6​November 13
​December 4​December 11

2018 TEEN COURT DATES

​January 8​January 22
​February 12​February 26
​March 5​March 19
​April 16​April 30
​May 7​May 21
​June 11​June 25
​July 9​July 23
​August 13​August 27
​September 10​September 24
​October 15​October 29
​November 12​November 26
​December 3​December 10

RESOURCES

Teen Court Time Sheet
Preapproved Community Service Locations​
Teen Volunteer Application.pdf

DRESS CODE 

No one will be allowed into the teen courtroom wearing any of the following items:

  • ​T-Shirts, or any shirt with excessive writing, besides a small logo.
  • Tattered, or grossly over-sized jeans or pants, shorts, mini-skirts, or "skorts".
  • Sandals or flip-flops, excluding women's open-toed dress shoes.
  • Half shirts, midriff shirts, or any excessively revealing garment.
  • Any hat or cap. Head wear will be collected by the bailiff and returned after the court session.

Anyone who does not comply with the dress code will not be allowed into the courtroom, and will not receive credit for appearing at that session.

 

VOLUNTEERS

Any adult or teen interested in the Coppell Teen Court program may volunteer to participate. Teen volunteers must be between 14-18 years old, be enrolled in middle school or high school, and must live in the Coppell Independent School District to serve.

  • Teens may volunteer as an attorney, bailiff, clerk, or juror.
  • Adult attorneys and judges may volunteer as a teen court judge, other adults may volunteer in a court supervision capacity.
  • All adult volunteers must undergo a criminal background check.​