Teen Court

A diversion program by teens for teens, with volunteer teenagers serving in all courtroom roles except the Judge.

The goal of the Teen Court program is to teach our youth critical thinking, responsibility, accountability, and leadership to prevent future delinquent actions.

Teen Court is a program that offers youth offenders (defined as respondents) an important second chance to learn from their mistake without the high cost and stigma of a criminal record. It is a real justice program run by teens for teens. Youth aged 13 through 17 who have committed a delinquent act (generally a misdemeanor) appear before a jury of their peers. These peers must live in or attend school in Anne Arundel County.

The delinquent act is usually a first offense, and the respondent must admit involvement (guilt) since this is a disposition (sentencing) hearing only. Teen Court is offered as a positive experience to divert a first-time youth offender away from a pattern of criminal behavior. Offenses generally include theft, vandalism, possession of alcohol, assault, etc.

In Teen court, volunteer teens perform the roles of the clerk and jury. After hearing the case, the teen jury determines a disposition for the offense based upon sentencing guidelines. After careful consideration of the facts, the jury deliberates and decides upon a constructive disposition, potentially including community service hours, educational programs, essays and/or apology letters.

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Please select the date(s) you are available to volunteer as a Teen Court juror
Wednesday, April 24, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Wednesday, May 8, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Wednesday, May 22, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 5:00PM-8:00PM



Parents / guardians:
"I consent to the photographing of my child during sessions of the Anne Arundel County Teen Court and its release to be used for education and research by the Anne Arundel Government of Anne Arundel County Police Department.  I release the Anne Arundel County Government or Anne Arundel County Police Department and the District Court of Maryland and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording for publication of said court session.  I waive all rights I may have to any claims or payments or royalties in connection with the use of these materials regardless of the purpose of such broadcasting.  I have fully informed myself of this consent, waiver of liability, and release before signing it."
Do you consent to the photographing of your child?