Killeen Municipal Court Community Garden
The Killeen Municipal Court Community Garden is part of a program sponsored by the Killeen Municipal Court. The garden offers teen offenders another means to serve their community service time, while learning a skill.
Under court supervision, the young offenders will have a chance to get their hands dirty, pull weeds and help grow vegetables and plants, which we consider an excellent way to spend time learning and working well with others.
The Garden is located behind the Killeen Civic and Conference Center and adjacent to the Shilo Inn.
Teen Court is for a defendant who is under the age of 18 or enrolled full-time in an accredited secondary school. For teen offenders 16 years old or younger, the parents of the teen offender (defendant) will be sent a Teen Appearance letter by the Juvenile Case Manager to schedule a date to discuss Teen Court options. Defendants 17 years old may request Teen Court at the window, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
In open court, the presiding judge asks the defendant (teen) how he/she wants to plead on the case. A teen offender has the option of entering a plea of guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere (no contest). If a not guilty plea is entered, the case must go to pretrial. After a teen offender enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendere before the court, the judge places the teen on deferred adjudication and the judge will set the deferral requirements.
The Judge shall impose community service upon the teen, depending upon the circumstances and the judge's discretion. Once a teen has fulfilled his/her obligation to the court, the case is dismissed.
The following requirements must be met for Teen Court and circumstances will result if a defendant/teen does not fulfill their obligation:
• Boys must be dressed with dress shirt and tie. No earrings or facial piercings (Boys only).
• Girls must wear a dress, or dress slacks or skirt and blouse.
• No shorts, T-shirts, shower shoes, or flip-flops are allowed in Court.
• The defendant/teen will be refused if they are not appropriately dressed for Court.