Community Service Guidelines

The Jury/Master Jury will assign you a number of community service hours within the discipline grid. You are required to complete these hours and turn in documentation/time card to the Teen Court office within 90 days or the case may be terminated and returned to the Municipal Court.

There are several ways to do your community service hours:
  • Time Card Selections: During enrollment you will select 2 agencies from the handout. When you check-out after your teen court session you will be provided letters with the contact person, phone number and address. It is your responsibility to contact the agency to set up your hours. You must take your time card with you each time you work and have the supervisor sign the card. You may contact the Teen Court office for additional time card selection sites if you have difficulty scheduling hours.
  • Classes
    • Springwood: All Class IV non-traffic offenders must take 1 Springwood Class (PDF). You will also receive double hour credit for attending the class. You must call the Teen Court office to sign up for the class and if you do not show up you will be given an additional 5 hours of community service and you must still attend the class. These classes are held once per month, with limited spaces, so you need to schedule as soon as possible following enrollment. It is your responsibility to complete the class within your 90-day term.
    • Court-Ordered Classes: If the Municipal Judge orders a State approved Alcohol, Drug, or Tobacco Awareness class you will receive single hour credit for all state classes if you submit a copy of the certificate.
  • Personal Preference: You may also complete your community service at a non-profit agency of your choice. You may list the preference on your enrollment form or call the Teen Court office and the information will be noted in your file. You must receive approval from the Teen Court staff prior to completing the work. You must provide a letter written and signed by the supervisor which states the dates you worked, number of hours you worked, and duties you performed. The letter must be on letterhead and include a phone number. Teen Court staff will call to verify all hours reported. All documentation must be submitted prior to 90-day expiration date.
  • Double Credit Events: We have special events that you may sign up to work and receive 2 hours credit for every hour worked. These events are posted on the website. You must call the Teen Court office to sign up for these events. If you are scheduled and do not show up you will be assigned additional service hours and may not sign up for other double credit events. These hours will not be counted on your time card.
  • First Offender Program: If you are 10 to 12 years old you will be required to attend the First Offender Program in lieu of community service and jury terms. You will complete all paperwork during enrollment and receive documentation after you attend your Teen Court session. The First Offender Program will contact you to schedule your classes. The First Offender Program is a 5-session course and meets once per week. You must attend all 5 sessions to earn any credit. Referral packets and program descriptions are available from the Teen Court staff. The First Offender Program will contact you to schedule your classes.
  • Jury Duty: You may serve additional jury duties after completing your 3 required terms. Check-in procedures are the same and you will earn 3 hours credit.
  • Donations: Please refer to the special events/donations section of the community service page. You may only make 1 donation.