The Municipal Court is currently closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Teen Court has been placed on hold indefinitely until the court is back to full operations. Please contact the court with questions or further information.
The Teen Court Program provides a voluntary alternative to the "sentencing arm" of the Municipal Court allowing a teen to request permission of the court to go before a jury of their peers to receive their "sentence."
To be eligible, participants must:
- Be between the ages of 14 and 18
- Currently enrolled in a middle or high school
- Enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere
- Have not completed a Teen Court program within the last 12 months
- Have received a citation in the City of Coppell for a Class C misdemeanor offense (not related to alcohol or tobacco)
- Pay a non-refundable administrative fee
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 90 days, the case will be dismissed and no fine will be collected (although payment of administrative fees is required). The offense does not become a part of the teen's record. This program provides an educational opportunity through which youths may take responsibility for their own actions while receiving a second chance.