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Teen Court


Teen Court is a program that offers teenage offenders an important second chance - a chance to learn from their mistake without the high cost and stigma of a criminal record.
Teen Court is a real justice program run by teens for teens. Juvenile’s aged 12 through 17 who have committed a misdemeanor crime appear before a jury of their peers. The crime is generally a first offense, and the respondent must admit involvement since this is a disposition (sentencing) hearing only.
Teen Court is offered as a positive experience to divert a first time teen offender away from a pattern of criminal behavior. Cases heard in Teen Court involve crimes such as misdemeanor theft, disorderly conduct, destruction of property and possession of alcohol to name a few.
In Teen Court, volunteer teens perform the roles of the prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiff, clerk and jury. The Judge is the only adult directly involved in the court proceedings.
After careful consideration of the facts, the jury deliberates and decides upon a constructive disposition, including a minimum number of community service hours and serving on at least one and up to four teen court juries .The respondent then has 60 days to complete the disposition and have the original charge dismissed. If the disposition is not completed, the case returns to the referring agency, for formal processing. Other sanctions include attending educational programs, and writing essays and apology letters.
The Anne Arundel County Teen Court is a cooperative effort of the County Executive, Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice, the Anne Arundel County Police Department, and the Leadership Anne Arundel Teen Court.
Since the Teen Court’s inception in Jan 1998 over 1075 cases have come before the Teen Court. The program completion rate for offenders is around 82% with a recidivism rate of 11%. The Teen Court has assigned well over 28,941 community service hours to be completed by respondents. Currently the location being utilized by the Teen Court is the Annapolis District Court buildings.
The recruitment of Teen Court volunteers is always a priority. Speaking engagements and general questions involving Teen Court are handled through Mrs. Anne Shawkey.
Contact Information
Ann Shawkey, Teen Court Coordinator
Office: (410) 222-0504
Fax (410) 354-1696

Anne Arundel County Teen Court
 2015-2016 Dates 

AnnapolisGlen Burnie
September 16, 2015September 30, 2015
October 07, 2015October 21, 2015
November 04, 2015November 18, 2015
December 02, 2015December 16, 2015
January 13, 2016January 20, 2016
February 03, 2016February 17, 2016
March 02, 2016March 16, 2016
April 06, 2016April 20, 2016
May 04, 2016May 18, 2016
June 01, 2016June 08, 2016
5:15-5:50  Sign-in with coordinator
6:00-7:30  Teen Court Hearings
Annapolis District Court 251 - Rowe Blvd, Annapolis MD 21403, $5 fee for parking, use rear employee entrance
Glen Burnie District Court 7500 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD 21061, free parking use main entrance
NO shorts, open-toe shoes (flip-flops, sandals, etc.), short skirts, tank tops, baggy or excessively tight clothing. No hats; sweat suit- type clothing, bare midriff, pants with holes in them. All clothing with inappropriate/explicit writing or drawings is prohibited.
Individuals inappropriately attired will not be allowed to participate.
Volunteer Information:
Anne Arundel County students between 6th and 12th grade may volunteer for Teen Court. Volunteers earn 3-service learning hours at each Teen Court Hearing.
Contact Information:
Anne Shawkey, Teen Court Coordinator
Office: (410) 222-0504
Additional Information:
Teen Court is held on Wednesday evenings, based on the school schedule.
Teen Court will be postponed and rescheduled only if school is closed or all evening activities are canceled on the regular scheduled day due to inclement weather.
Please contact Teen Court Coordinator for reschedule dates.
Online Training - (access code: 279014)

Anne Arundel County Teen Court
Dress Code and Rules 

Dress Code
Remember you are going to court; conservative attire is required for all participants.
  • Open-toe shoes (flip-flops, sandals, etc.)
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Tank tops
  • Baggy or excessively tight clothing 
  • No hats
  • Sweat-suit type athletic clothing, including sweatshirts
  • Bare midriffs
  • Pants with holes in them 
  • All clothing with inappropriate/explicit writing or drawings is prohibited.
  • Individuals inappropriately attired will not be allowed to participate.
  • No cell phones, electronic games or electronic communication devices
  • No gum chewing, eating or drinking
  • No bottled water
  • No smoking
  • No photographs
  • Remember that what you see and hear in the Teen Court is confidential
  • No talking while Teen Court is in session
  • Address the judge as “Judge_______” or “Your Honor”
  • Be on time and sign in with the Teen Court Coordinator
Failure to adhere to these rules and dress code will result in immediate removal from the courtroom.
Cell phones, and all electronic communication devices, including those used for entertainment, are prohibited in the courtroom. Any prohibited device observed and/or emitting an audible sound in the courtroom is subject to immediate confiscation and submission to the Police Department’s Property Management Section.

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Anne Arundel County, Maryland. 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 | Tele: (410) 222-7000