Teen Court
Contact Info

COVID 19 UPDATE LINK 3/17/20

Teen Court -Closed

Teen Court is currently postponed while the New Mexico Schools are closed.  The Court will notify all those currently scheduled for Teen Court to set a new date.  Those who are completing Teen Court sanctions will get an extension to comply in connection with the school closure calendar.  For additional questions about Teen Court, individuals are asked to email Catherine.taylor@lacnm.us. 

Teen Court is a nationally recognized early intervention and restorative justice program for juveniles (ages 12-18). It is a diversionary court that keeps first time teen offenders with traffic infractions and misdemeanor offenses out of the traditional court system. The teen accepts responsibility for their offense, appears before a judge and jury of their peers, and is sentenced. The teen faces consequences that help them to learn from their mistakes and make amends for their actions. The sanctions are determined by the Teen Court jury, and usually include community service and jury duty at future Teen Court hearings. Other possible sanctions can include, being required to write an essay, letters of apology, educational programs, gender-specific programs, and substance abuse prevention workshops.

Los Alamos Teen Court is typically held  on Wednesday afternoons. 

Teen Court has three levels

Level 1-Direct diversion for non- violent 1st offenders

Level 2-Teen court referral

  • Municipal Court
  • Magistrate Court
  • JPPO/District Court
  • Schools
  • Community Organizations

Level 3- Graduated Sanction for repeat offenders

  • Therapeutic Case Management
  • Juvenile Case Management
  • Youth Resource Advocate
  • Family Resource Advocate
  • Restorative Justice



Teen Court Coordinator: Catherine Taylor Office 505-662-8099 or Cell 505-412-8938