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Cedar Park Teen Learns Compassion in Teen Court and Wins Scholarship!

Miss Beverly Horton, a Cedar Park teenager, has an extra $1,200 in her pocket to help pay for college. Monday night, Ms. Horton received a scholarship for her winning entry in an essay contest about the significance of the Williamson County YMCA Teen Court Program in her life.

Ms. Horton addressed a group of her peers, volunteers, and parents about her personal Teen Court experience at the annual awards ceremony honoring participating teens. Blushing at the sound of thunderous applause, Miss Horton recounted the many benefits that she derived from the program, including increased confidence and the ability to speak eloquently in public. However, it was learning the true meaning of compassion that she promised would stay with her forever. “I’ll leave Teen Court remembering the faces and the stories of the people…everyone deserves a second chance.”Read her winning essay here.


Attorney Laura Fowler, longtime sponsor of the annual scholarship, was on hand to encourage students to consider the practice of law as a career and share her view of the legal profession as an opportunity to help others. She personally congratulated the teens for dispensing justice with compassionate hearts. Laura’s daughter, Julie, Teen Court alumnus and senior at TUFTS University in Boston, recalled her years in Teen Court as both inspirational and entertaining.


Students recognized for achieving the role of Teen Court Judge at the annual awards ceremony include Mathias Mesich, Ben Fincher, Beverly Horton, Ellen Stroud, Jordan Myers, Mikayla Fulwider, and Alaina Huls. Each received an inscribed gavel, certificate of accomplishment and lapel pin in the shape of the scale of justice.

Date: Training Sessions & Court are held Monthly (calendar below)
: All court and training sessions will run from 6:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Staff should arrive between 6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. on court nights.
: The Justice Court courtroom of the Williamson County Annex located at 350 Discovery Boulevard in Cedar Park, Texas
For More Information: Please contactthe Program Director,Chloe Cofty(512)260-4263

2015-2016 Schedule

August 29, 2015           Orientation                            January 25, 2016         Court
August 31, 2015           Try-Outs                                February 1, 2016         Training
September 14, 2015     Training/Try-Outs                  February 8, 2016         Court
September 21, 2015     Court                                     February 29, 2016       Court
October 5, 2015            Training                                 March 21, 2016           Court
October 19, 2015          Court                                     March 28, 2016           Court

November 2, 2015        Training                                 April 11, 2016              Training
November 9, 2015        Court                                     April 18, 2016              Court/Awards Ceremony
December 7, 2015       Training                                  May 2, 2016                Court   
December 14, 2015     Court                                      May 9, 2016                Court
January 11, 2016         Training/Try-Outs 


Participation In Teen Court Program

Teen Court is an educational program training teenagers in the protocols of court, law, and debate.The Williamson County / YMCA Teen Court is a partnership between Judge Edna Staudt, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2, and the YMCA of Greater Williamson County. WCYMCA Teen Court utilizes many adult volunteers and trainers including lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officers from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety.Students learn the roles of all court officers, including prosecutor, defense attorney, judge, juror, clerk, and bailiff. All students between the age of 13 and 18 are eligible to participate in the program, regardless of where they attend school, or live. The program meets twice monthly.The offender is assigned a defense attorney and questioned by both the prosecutor and defense attorney, who then argue the sentence before the jury.A teenage judge officiates the proceeding.

Participation in this Teen Court program gives teens an opportunity to realize their roles in the community, instills a sense of pride and responsibility and, through the use of positive peer pressure, helps create a better community for all.
Teen Court programs have consistently proven effective in reducing the rate of teen repeat offenses.Offenders between the age of 10 and 18 who have been found guilty of a Class C misdemeanor are eligible for the program as a condition of their sentence. Courts throughout the county and state may refer the offender to the WCYMCA Teen court for sentencing.The program is considered a condition of a deferred disposition.The program is a voluntary decision by the offender and is ordered at the discretion of the particular court, either Justice Court or Municipal Court. Offenders must comply with the sentence set by the jury of their peers to have their case dismissed by the referring court.

2015 Teen Court Staff


Purpose of Teen Court

Teen Court is a voluntary program holding teenagers accountable for their offenses by allowing them to perform community service, to serve jury duty and to attend educational programs in lieu of paying fines for Class C misdemeanors. Teen Court programs have consistently proven effective in reducing the rate of
teen repeat offenses. Individual cases are defended and prosecuted by teen attorneys; the verdict is rendered
by a jury of teens.

Teen Court is a partnership between Judge Edna Staudt, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 and the YMCA of Greater Williamson County. The Court is also run by many adult volunteers. Such as, lawyers, judges, educators
and parent volunteers.

Participation in this Teen Court program gives teens an opportunity to realize their roles in the community, instills a sense of pride and responsibility, and through the use of positive peer pressure, helps create
a better community for all.


The defendant checks in with bailiff by 6:30 p.m. on court date and completes all appropriate paper work for court clerk.

The defendant must be accompanied by at least one parent. The Teen Court program fee is $20.00 and is payable in cash or money order to the YMCA Teen Court Director on the court date.

The defendant goes before the Teen Court officials— jury, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, bailiff, and court clerk, who are all teenagers. The YMCA Teen Court Director and Judge Edna Staudt oversee the entire hearing.

When the jury reaches a decision, the defendant, along with parent(s) returns before the Court to hear sentencing. The defendant and parent(s) meet with the Teen Court Director to discuss terms set forth by the jury.

Upon completion of the program, within a 180 day period, the Williamson County/YMCA Teen Court
delivers a Certificate of Completion to the defendant.

NONCOMPLIANCE with the Teen Court requirements or time frame will result in removal from the program and the fine set by the referring court willbe due and payable.

Conduct and Attire

These rules of the court apply to everyone. Participants are required to show respect for the court proceedings at all times. Rise when the Judge enters the courtroom and remain standing until the Judge or bailiff announces to be seated. Address the court as Judge or Your Honor. Address the opposing parties, counsel, witnesses and court officers as Mr., Mrs., Miss, etc. Do not use first names. Do not talk at the same time as the court, opposing counsel or witnesses. Racist, sexist, obscene, profane language or gestures are prohibited. Do not enter and depart the courtroom excessively. Do nothing to disturb or distract the court, jury, counsels, witnesses or other court personnel. Cellular phones and pagers must be turned to silent mode or turned off. Do not chew gum in the courtroom. No weapons allowed in the courtroom.

Defendants and participants are expected to be on time

and to dress according to the courts standards.

Acceptable Courtroom Attire
Suits, slacks, dresses and dress shirts, Blue Jeans if clean, pressed, & fitted.

Unacceptable Courtroom Attire
Shorts, cut-offs, muscle shirts, spaghetti straps, clothing that is torn or ragged, or with offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, or obscene depictions. Provocative clothing designed or styled to provoke emotion or exposes the chest, stomach, or thighs. Hats or flip flops.

Appropriate dress and behavior from teens and adults are expected at all times.

Teen Court reserves the right to remove anyone from the courtroom who does not comply with these rules of Conduct and Attire.

DEFENDANTS are persons between the ages of 10 and 17 who have received a Class C misdemeanor, plead guilty or no contest, and have not been before Teen Court within the last two years. Defendants must have received permission from a judge and parent to participate.



 TitleModified DateSize 
Teen Court Registration Form6/7/2013212.07 KBDownload
Teen Court Brochure 2015-201611/10/201566.35 KBDownload

Edna Staudt
Justice of the Peace Pct. 2
Williamson County Cedar Park Annex
350 Discovery Blvd, Ste. 204
Cedar Park, TX 78613
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Telephone: (512) 260-4210
Fax: (512) 260-4215

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