On April 21, at a special Law Day Conference, the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) is initiating a statewide push to expand Teen Court so juvenile offenders in every county have access to this juvenile justice alternative. Teen Court, a public service project supported by MSBA volunteer lawyers and judges, is an early intervention program that diverts non-violent offenders, aged 11-17, from the juvenile justice system, saving them from a life of hardened crime.
Teen Courts currently exist in 10 jurisdictions: Anne Arundel, Caroline, Charles, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s and Talbot Counties and Baltimore City. MSBA will launch its expansion effort on April 21 at its Teen Court Law Day Conference. Volunteer lawyers and judges will join high school students and teachers at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, 9 AM - 3 PM, to address juvenile delinquency issues in their local communities by establishing Teen Courts.
Highlights of this event include viewing a DVD of an actual Teen Court hearing, the enactment of a live mock trial hearing in action and a keynote address by Maryland’s Chief Judge, Robert M. Bell.