Participate in Teen Court

The Austin Municipal Court's Teen Court is a volunteer opportunity that allows young people ages 13-17 to learn about and take part in the justice system.

  1. Learn about Teen Court.

    In Teen Court you will be participating in a real case with a real judge and a real juvenile defendant. You can volunteer as a jury member, teen prosecutor or teen defense attorney.

    Cases typically heard in Teen Court include Class C misdemeanor violations of State law such as theft under $100 or alcohol/tobacco related offenses for minors. These are fine-only offenses. In the case of Teen Court, the trial determines the terms of the deferral program the defendant will enter into, such as community service hours.

    Benefits for you:

    • Earn community service hours credit.
    • Demonstrate civic engagement to future colleges or employers.
    • Work directly with local judges and attorneys.
    • Learn more about the legal system.

    You do not need to be an Austin resident or a U.S. citizen to participate.

  2. Apply to participate in Teen Courtopen_in_new

  3. A representative from Municipal Court's Juvenile Services will reach out to you within two weeks to schedule your participation.

  4. Teen Court occurs the second Thursday of every month from 6pm to 8pm. It is held at City Hall's Boards and Commissions Room, first floor, room #1101.

    If you park in the City Hall garage and bring your parking ticket with you, we will validate it so you will not have to pay for parking.

    City Hall

    301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

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