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Teen Court

Teen Court is a program that offers teenage offenders an important second change-- a chance to learn from their mistake without the high cost of a criminal record. Teen Court is a justice program run BY teens FOR teens. Juveniles age 12 through 17 who have committed a non-violent minor crime appear before a jury of their peers. Teen Court is offered as a voluntary, positive experience to divert teen offenders away from a pattern of criminal behavior. Cases heard in Teen Court involve crimes such as shoplifting, disorderly conduct, destruction of property and possession of alcohol. The offender must admit guilt since this is a disposition hearing to determine consequences. In Teen Court, volunteers perform the roles of the jury, baliff, and clerk. The judge is the only adult directly involved in the court precedings. Cases are referred to Teen Court by the Montgomery County , State's Attorney's Office, the Montgomery County Police Department and the State of Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice. The case is presented to the teen jury for determining consequences for the offender. After careful consideration of the facts, the jury decides upon a constructive sentence which will include a minimum number of community service hours as well as service on other teen juries. Also, there might be educational programs, essays, and/or apology letters. There is a graduated set of guidelines designed for various offense levels.

Organization:


Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office

Languages Available:


English -

Payment Description:


$25.00 Teen Court Fee

Intake and Eligibility:


first time juvenile offenders between the ages of 12 and 17 who have committed a non-violent minor crime

Areas Served:
  • Montgomery County

Contact Info:



Locations

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judicial Center
50 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850



Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office
50 Maryland Avenue, 5th Floor
Rockville, MD 20850



Hours of Services:

Wed
  • Wed
  • 4:30 -

Target Population

Juvenile Offenders

Services

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