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Teen Court

Local Teen Court Awards & Scholarship

The Williamson County/YMCA Teen Court held their annual award and appreciation ceremony in the Justice Court Pct 2 courtroom last night. Students were recognized for their accomplishments and commitment.  Senior Judges were awarded a personalized gavel and certificate.  They each spoke of their plans after graduation and their appreciation for the benefits Teen Court has afforded them.

 

Laura Fowler, of the Fowler Law Firm made the presentation of their scholarship to the winner of this year’s essay contest.   Senior Thomas Cochran was awarded the scholarship and plans to attend Baylor University.  His award winning essay can be read here.

 

 Emily Horton, 12th grade, who won first place in the Williamson County Law Day Editorial Contest and went on to win third in the state was also recognized, as well as Emma McIlheran, 10th grade, who won second, and  Joshua Imken, 11th grade, who won third in the local competition.  David Oliver, President of the Williamson County Bar Association made the presentation. 

 

Date
: Training Sessions & Court are held Monthly (calendar below)
Time
: All court and training sessions will run from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Staff should arrive between 6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. on court nights.
Location
: The Justice Court courtroom of the Williamson County Annex located at 350 Discovery Boulevard in Cedar Park, Texas
For More Information: Please contact the YMCA coordinator Kevin Prickett (512)250-9622 or the JP Office (512)260-4210

2014-2015 Schedule  

September 13th – Orientation**

September 22nd – Training/Try-Outs

September 29th – Training/Try-Outs

October 13th – Court

October 20th – Training

November 10th – Court

November 17th – Training

December 8th – Court

December 15th – Court

January 12th – To be announced

January 19th - To be announced

February 9th - To be announced

February 16th - To be announced

March 2nd - To be announced

March 9th - To be announced

April 13th - To be announced

April 20th - To be announced

May 4th - To be announced

May 11th - To be announced

 

**Orientation for the upcoming Teen Court year will be held on September 13th, 2014. We will be in the Survivor Lodge at the YMCA located at ​​204 E Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park, TX 78613. We will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM. So mark your calendars! We ask that you please dress modestly and comfortably.

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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 17 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 17 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. 
 
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2014 Teen Court Staff

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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.


Procedures

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.

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Downloads

 TitleModified DateSize 
Teen Court Registration Form6/7/2013212.07 KBDownload
Teen Court Brochure7/23/2014381.79 KBDownload
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Edna Staudt
Justice of the Peace Pct. 2
Williamson County Cedar Park Annex
 
350 Discovery Blvd, Ste. 204
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Driving Directions

Telephone: (512) 260-4210
Fax: (512) 260-4215

Office Hours:
Tuesday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Monday
Civil, Small Claims, & Evictions
Must be filed before 3:30 p.m.


Williamson County Holiday Closures
:

 2014 - 2015

 Labor Day, Monday, September 1

 Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11

Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 27
Thanksgiving Holiday, Friday, November 28

Christmas Holiday, Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Holiday, Thursday, December 25
Christmas Holiday, Friday, December 26

New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1

Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 19

President's Day, Monday, February 16

Good Friday, Friday, April 3

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25

Independence Holiday, Friday, July 3

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