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 Court.

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 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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.

Austin City Hall