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Williamson County/YMCA Teen Court

Click HERE to watch a short video about Teen Court.

At Teen Court, students will be taught listening skills and etiquette to be used in the role of attorney, judge, juror, and bailiff.

Judge Edna Staudt, founder of the Williamson County YMCA Teen Court will oversee each session. Members of law enforcement will occasionally make a presentation.

Participation in the Teen Court program gives teens an opportunity to realize their roles in the community. It also instills a sense of pride and responsibility, and through the use of positive peer role modeling, helps create a better community for all. As a Teen Court volunteer teens not only get the opportunity to practice law in the courtroom but learn valuable public speaking skills and become leaders among their peers and in their communities.

 
2022 Teen Court Awards Ceremony
Students were recognized Monday, May 9 for their accomplishments with the Williamson County/YMCA Teen Court. The Recognition and Award Ceremony was held at the Williamson County Cedar Park Annex where each month students gather to learn the roles of the judiciary. As they accomplish the roles of Judge, Prosecuting Attorney, Defense Attorney, Bailiff, Jury Foreman, and Clerk they adjudicate real cases referred from Justice Courts. Each student was recognized for their accomplishments. Senior judges included: Riley Pritzlaff, Bella Fernandez, Conner White, Haeeda Mubashar, Josiah Kiok, and Willow Southworth. Each year, the Fowler Family Foundation, of the prestigious Fowler Law Firm, P.C. awards a scholarship to the winner of the essay contest. Laura Fowler, manager/partner of the firm, was present along with members of her team to make the presentation. The topic of the essay was “How Has Teen Court Impacted My Life?” The winner of the essay contest this year, was Cedar Park High School Senior, Riley Pritzlaff. Riley has been part of this Teen Court since his freshman year. He accomplished all the roles of the judiciary, including Judge. Riley wrote, “Becoming emersed in one of the most foundational systems in our government has allowed me to develop a respect for our government, a drive to work to improve it, to make it more effective, to preserve the ideals our nation was founded on, and to ensure it acts to benefit all Americans.” This year the judges of the contest were Constable Jeff Anderson, Commissioner Cynthia Long, and RBank Business Development Officer Barbara Shaffer. The Williamson County YMCA Teen Court is a partnership between Justice Court Pct 2, Judge Edna Staudt, and the Twin Lakes Family YMCA. Each year the YMCA provides additional staffing and resources for the program. Carley Krischke, a representative from Twin Lakes YMCA, encouraged the students and complimented them on their participation in the program. Justice Court Case Manager, Sharlene Aiken, administers the program and oversees the students and volunteers. Volunteer parents, attorneys, and law enforcement officers were also recognized for their commitment to the program. The Williamson County/YMCA Teen Court in Cedar Park has recessed for the summer but will reconvene in the fall. Information about WC/YMCA Teen Court can be found online at Justice Courts Precinct 2 Wilco > Elected Officials > Justice Courts > Precinct Two > Teen Court , email [email protected] or call 512-260-4210.

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Teen Court
Date: Training Sessions & Court are held twice monthly (calendar below)

Time : All court and training sessions will run from 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Staff should arrive between 6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. on court nights.
Location : The Justice Court courtroom of the Williamson County Annex located at 350 Discovery Blvd., Suite 204, in Cedar Park, Texas
For More Information: Please contact the Program Director, Sharlene (512) 260-4247

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2022 - 2023 Fall Schedule

August 20. Orientation at YMCA

August 29 Training 

September 12 Training/Court 

September 19 Training/Court

October 10  Training

October 17  Training

November 7 Auditions/Training

November 14  Court

December 5 Court

December 12  Court

Spring Schedule to be announced

6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Williamson County Annex JP2 Courtroom
350 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park, TX 78613
Dress is casual - wear your Teen Court t-shirts if you have one
Pizza will be served

 
Documents
 TitleOwnerCategoryModified DateSize 
Teen Court Brochure 2022-2023Chloe Cofty 10/20/2022277.85 KBDownload
Teen Court Registration FormChloe Cofty 5/21/2019339.25 KBDownload