Four student attorneys in Allen's Teen Court program recently tested their legal knowledge among students statewide.
High schoolers Jack McDonald, Rupali Chowdhry, Jennifer Wan, and Lily Rockwell participated in the Teen Court Association Mock Trial Competition on April 7. Each dedicated more than 20 hours to prepare for and compete in the event in Southlake.
The teens are among more than 300 volunteer attorneys and jurors who serve on Allen's Teen Court. The voluntary program allows juvenile offenders who plead guilty to Class C (fine only) misdemeanors to be sentenced by their peers. By choosing this option, juveniles can avoid fines by handling their citation through community service and involvement in the judicial process. Cases are presented by volunteer Teen Court attorneys to a jury of the defendant's peers, including volunteers from local middle and high schools and previous teen defendants.
Any middle or high school student age 13-18 may participate in Teen Court as a juror. Teen Court attorneys must attend a mandatory training before acting as a prosecutor or defense attorney. If you are interested in participating, complete an application and return the form to the clerks at Allen Municipal Court (301 Century Parkway). Applications and brochures are also available at the Municipal Court front office.
Learn more about the Teen Court program.