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Posted on: December 20, 2023

2024 Teen Court Series

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The Municipal Court is accepting applications for the 2024 Teen Court Program! Applications are due by January 5. The program will kick off on January 15 and will run through April 2024. The Municipal Court will host an Informational Meeting on December 27 from 5 – 6 p.m. at Manvel City Hall, 20031 Morris Ave. The program is run by Manvel Municipal Court with the support of Manvel Police Department, and dedicated volunteer staff.

Teen Court is a real justice "peer court" for misdemeanor juvenile traffic offenses run by teens, for teens, where participants prosecute and defend actual juvenile cases, learning about the judicial system along the way and training with real Municipal Judges, Police Officers, and Court staff. The program encourages students to take an interest in the judicial system and familiarizes them with navigating it.

Teen Court has several objectives; improve the overall understanding of the juvenile justice system, promote the application of appropriate sanctions concerning juvenile offenses, reduce recidivism of juvenile offenders, and spark an interest in the legal profession.

To become involved with the program, juvenile defendants plead guilty or “no contest” and then choose to have their cases adjudicated via Teen Court. Teen volunteers will then work with real justice professionals to prosecute or defend the defendant to teen jurors and official Municipal Court Judges. During the case, teen jurors hear arguments from the prosecution and defense before deciding on a punishment. Punishments can include community service hours and serving terms as a juror on other Teen Court cases.

The Municipal Court is currently accepting applications for student volunteers from the 7th-12th grade who would like to participate in Teen Court as an attorney, bailiff, juror, or clerk. Teen Court is an excellent opportunity for participants to gain knowledge of the legal and judicial system, advance personal and professional skills, and be a positive role model to peer groups. Participants will earn volunteer hours for graduation and gain field experience. Teen Court looks great on college and scholarship applications, too!

The Municipal Court will host an Informational Meeting about Teen Court on December 27 from 5 – 6 p.m. at City Hall, 20031 Morris Ave. The 2024 Teen Court Program will begin January 15 at City Hall, 20031 Morris Ave.

To apply for Teen Court, visit cityofmanvel.com/teencourt. The deadline to apply is January 5. 

For more information on the program, call 281-692-2702 or email brianna.bobb@cityofmanvel.com.

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