Teen Court

The Hurst - Euless - Bedford (HEB) Teen Court is a diversion program which allows juveniles (Class C misdemeanor offenders) an alternative to the criminal justice system. Upon successful completion of the program, offenders' cases are dismissed and do not appear on their record. HEB Teen Court is provided by the cities of Hurst, Euless, and Bedford.

13-18 Year Olds

Teen defendants' cases are presented to a jury of their peers by teen volunteer attorneys. Jury members assign a community service sentence according to the Discipline Grid. Defendants are allowed 90 days to complete the assigned community service hours, serve 3 jury terms and complete any required educational classes.

10-13 Year Olds

The program for this age group consists of the youth and their parent/guardian observing a Teen Court session and completion of the First Offender Educational/Counseling Program. The program includes 5 sessions, which address decision-making, juvenile law, anger management and communication skills.

How Teen Court Works

  • Each Teen Court session will be held at the Bedford Municipal Court, 2000 Forest Ridge Drive. Court will convene on a Monday evening at 7 p.m. Dates vary and are posted on the website and on a message board located downstairs near Bedford Municipal Court.
  • Defendants check in between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Defendants who are 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent. The courtroom is a formal setting. It is required that all defendants and their parent dress accordingly. The dress code is strictly enforced. It is posted on the website and on the paperwork received at enrollment.
  • Defendants and parents will attend a work session from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. which will earn the defendant 2 hours of community service.
  • Defendants and their teen defense attorneys meet between 6:30 and 7 p.m. to discuss the case(s).
  • Defendants who are serving jury duty must appear no later than 6:15 p.m. to sign in and be assigned to a jury or master jury. Late arrivals will not be allowed to serve. Jurors must be in dress code.
  • Cases are docketed on a first-come/first-serve basis. Cases will be assigned to a jury trial or master jury hearing by the Teen Court staff. Teen attorneys present the cases and defendants will testify in jury trials. Master jury hearings involve the jurors questioning the defendant directly before deliberation.
  • After a defendants' case is heard, the jury deliberates and assigns a community service sentence according to the discipline grid. Defendants must also serve 3 jury terms and attend a Springwood Class (PDF), if their case(s) is a Class IV non-traffic offense.
  • The defendant is responsible for finishing his/her community service hours, jury terms and any required classes by the completion date (90 days from Teen Court hearing date). Documentation must be turned into the Teen Court staff prior to or on the completion date in order to be valid. If all requirements are not met by the completion date, the case is terminated and returned to the Municipal Court of jurisdiction. This may result in having a warrant issued for their arrest, a conviction on their record, fines due, and their license can be blocked. The original $20 program fee is not refundable.
Any questions may be directed to the Teen Court staff by calling 817-952-2468.