Teen Court Brochure - YMCA of Greater Williamson County

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Teen Court Brochure - YMCA of Greater Williamson County

COuRt In SeSSIOn

If you would like to participate in

Teen Court as a court official

or as a defendant, please contact:

Judge edna Staudt

Williamson County annex

350 discovery Blvd. #204, Cedar Park, tX 78613

(512) 260-4210

CaMP tWIn LaKeS StaFF

Camp twin Lakes

204 e. Little elm trail, Cedar Park, tX 78631

(512) 250-9622

tlcamp@ymcawilliamsonco.org

For more information &

an updated program schedule,

log on to www.ymcagwc.org.

- a branch of the YMCa of greater Williamson County -

204 e. Little elm trail, Cedar Park, tX 78613

(512) 250-9622 l www.ymcagwc.org

YOU BE

THE

JUDGE!

Williamson County / YMCA

TEEN

COURT

learn the

Legal System

from the inside

Williamson County / YMCA

TEEN

COURT

YOU

MAY

PROCEED ...


PROGRAM PURPOSE

Teen Court is a voluntary educational program where

students learn firsthand the judicial system.

Students are taught the roles of juror, bailiff,

prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, clerk, and

judge. They preside over cases actually referred by

either Justice Courts or Municipal Courts where a

student has been found guilty of a class C

misdemeanor. The student is defended by the teen

defense attorney and a jury of peers decide a sentence,

supervised by Judge Edna Staudt

of Justice Court Pct. 2 Williamson County.

Teen Court also holds teen defendants

(ages 10-17) accountable for their offenses by

ordering them to perform community

service, to serve as prospective jurors, or attend

educational programs in lieu of paying fines, in order

to have the case from the referring court dismissed

and keep a clean record.

Teen Court is held at the

Williamson County Annex

at 350 Discovery Blvd. #204

in Cedar Park, Texas.

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PROGRAM PROCEDURES

The defendant, who must be accompanied by at least

one parent, checks in with the bailiff by 6:30 p.m. on

court date. He or she then completes all appropriate

paper work for the court clerk and pays the $20 Teen

Court fee that is payable in cash or money order to the

YMCA Teen Court Director on that date. From there,

the defendant goes before the Teen Court officials:

jury, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, bailiff,

and court clerk, who are all teens. The YMCA Teen

Court Director and Judge Edna Staudt then 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)

then 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 will be due

and payable.

COnDUCT & ATTIRE

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 are allowed in the courtroom.

Defendants and participants are expected to be on

time and both dress and behave according to court

standards at all times.

ACCEPTABLE COURTROOM ATTIRE

Suits, slacks, dresses, dress shirts and jeans.

UNACCEPTABLE COURTROOM ATTIRE

Shorts or cut-offs, muscle shirts, clothing with

offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, obscene or suggestive

depictions. Clothing that is torn or ragged.

Provocative clothing designed or styled to provoke

emotion or disrupt. Stomachs may not be exposed.

No hats or flip flops are allowed.

Teen Court reserves the right to remove anyone from the

courtroom who does not comply with these

rules of Conduct & Attire.

TRUE SUCCESS STORY

Andrew Potts was introduced to the Williamson

County/YMCA Teen Court program through his

family’s membership at the YMCA of Greater

Williamson County. In fact, Andrew and his

brothers, Eli and Nathan, each participated in Teen

Court throughout their high school years. Being

homeschooled also gave them the opportunity to

perform a Teen Court mock trial for the participants

at the annual Teen Pact Legislative program at the

Capitol in Austin. To this day, Andrew, Eli and Nathan

credit Teen Court for their ability to speak with

confidence to both individuals and audiences.

Andrew, in particular, became proficient in all the

roles of the judiciary, but liked the role of

Prosecuting Attorney the best. He also aspired to

become a Supreme Court Judge. Because of his

maturity and professionalism, Andrew was allowed

to take on the role of judge while still a junior.

Since his participation in Teen Court, Andrew has

graduated from Texas A&M and is in law school at

St. Mary’s University. His involvement in Teen Court

also prompted his service and acceptance as an intern

for the Texas Supreme Court, the Justice Court

and the Williamson County Attorney.

We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.

All court and

training sessions

will run from

approximately

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Staff should arrive

between 6:00 p.m.

and 6:15 p.m. on

court nights.

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