Teen Court

Ann Frank
Coordinator
301-780-7744

Overview


Teen court is a program in which first time juvenile offenders are diverted from the auspices of the Juvenile Justice system and provided with a second chance. These offenders are provided an opportunity to admit their guilt, and to perform various tasks as punishment for their crimes.

Goals
  • To hold youth accountable for their actions
  • To educate youth on the impact of their actions
  • To provide a meaningful forum for youth to practice and enhance skills
  • To reduce juvenile recidivism
Who Are the Parties?
Offenders
Range from ages 12 to 17, who have committed a nonviolent criminal misdemeanor and admit their guilt, appear for sentencing before a jury of their peers.

Teen Volunteers
Perform roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiffs, clerks and jurors. Sentencing is determined solely by the teen juries. In addition, teen volunteers receive community service hours for their participation.

Judge or Master
A District or Circuit Court Judge, Master presides over the cases, rules on objections, instructs the jury on the law, and renders a disposition according to jury recommendations.

Teen Court Packet
Application and Confidentiality Form (PDF)

When?
  • 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m
    1st and 3rd Thursday of every month
    Courtroom M1404
  • Check-in time is promptly at 5 p.m. in room M1404
You are required to dress appropriately following the Teen Court Dress Code.

Important - In Case of Inclement Weather
We follow the PGPS Policy for cancellation of school and community activities/ events. If Prince Georges County Schools are closed for the day, or have early release due to weather, court is cancelled for that evening.