The Community Court focuses on misdemeanor, quality of life crimes, such as theft, prostitution, drinking in public, and trespass. In return for a guilty plea, defendants receive a sentence that may include local community service and mandated social services.
Community Court is a court of accountability and rarely accepts no-contest pleas. Community Court reduces the number of cases on other criminal court dockets and saves costs for jail beds.
Most first-time cases at Community Court are dismissed after the defendant successfully completes their court-ordered community service and/or mandated social services. Some participants in Community Court perform community service, so their labor goes back into the community harmed by their conduct and criminal activity. Other participants in Community Court complete mandated social services to address the issues that led to their criminal activity.