Commissioners approve contract with Teen Court
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 23, 2007 - County Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a contract allowing Teen Court to hold future meetings at Hopkins County Courthouse.

The contract will include one additional provision not initially included on the draft contract, a measure specifying no one will be allowed to smoke at the courthouse, Teen Court Committee member Monica Littlefield said Monday. 

Littlefield said Teen Court representatives had no problem with that addition.

The document must now be signed by all judges who use the courtroom, security officers, the county judge and Teen Court officials, but that is considered only a formality.

Teen Court also has obtained permission from Sulphur Springs Independent School District to use the conference room at Sulphur Springs High School as an alternative if the courtroom is not available.

Teen Court's committee will go over the rules, and a special meeting will be held prior to the first court session to make sure all students involved in Teen Court are familiar with and agree to follow all terms set out in the contract.

Teen Court is slated to use the courthouse for sessions to hear Class C misdemeanor juvenile cases on  Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 14 and June 19.

One Teen Court committee member also said Precinct 1 Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker made a contribution of $50 to help offset security costs for February. The contract requires that Teen Court have courthouse security officer John Hipkins at each session, and to pay the hourly rate for his presence at the meeting.

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