RESTORATIVE and SWIFT JUSTICE
Our Community Courts focus on rehabilitating each defendant and restoring the community. 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 three Specialty Dockets: The Downtown Night Court, the South Dallas Adult Treatment Court, and the South Oak Cliff Veterans Treatment Court.
The South Oak Cliff Veterans Treatment Court is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families. For more information about the Texas Veterans Commission, please visit www.tvc.texas.gov.
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 and 2018, the South Dallas Community Court, after a competitive selection process, was again designated as a National Mentor Court.
WHERE TO FIND US
West Dallas Community Court
2828 Fishtrap Rd.
Dallas, TX 75212
South Dallas Community Court
2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75215
Northeast Dallas Community Court
9451 LBJ Freeway, Suite 125
Dallas, TX 75243