RESTORATIVE and SWIFT JUSTICE
Our Community Courts focus on rehabilitating each defendant and restoring the community. The Community Courts Program focuses on swift justice, visibility in the community, and community restitution. Persons issued citations for ‘quality of life’, Class C misdemeanor crimes within a community court’s geographical service area receive notice to swiftly appear before the community court judge. Defendants who plead “guilty” or “no contest” may be ordered to perform community service restitution in the neighborhood; the judge can also require defendants to attend rehabilitative and educational programs. Typical offenses adjudicated in the community court include: open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, housing code violations, solicitation by coercion and solicitation of a prohibited substance. The Courts assist individuals with housing, job placement, substance abuse, mental health, and other services.
The Community Courts program operates two Specialty Dockets: The Downtown Night Court and The South Dallas Adult Treatment Court.
In 2008, the South Dallas Community Court was one of only three sites nationwide to be selected by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to serve as a National Mentor Court for community courts across the world. As a mentor court, the South Dallas Community Court supports the Center for Court Innovation in advancing the community court model and hosts site visits from jurisdictions that are seeking to start or enhance a community court. In 2014, the South Dallas Community Court, after a competitive selection process, was again designated as a National Mentor Court.
WHERE TO FIND US
South Oak Cliff Community Court
2111 South Corinth Street Road
Dallas, TX 75203
Community Court Docket every Monday AM/PM; Veteran’s Court Docket every Monday PM
West Dallas Community Court
2828 Fishtrap Rd.
Dallas, TX 75212
Community Court Docket every Tuesday AM/PM
South Dallas Community Court
2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75215
Community Court Docket every Thursday AM/PM, Drug Court Docket every Wednesday PM
Northeast Dallas Community Court
9451 LBJ Freeway, Suite 125
Dallas, TX 75243
Docket every Monday