Description of Hearings

At a Teen Court hearing, a jury of teens ask the juvenile offender questions to understand the incident and assist with determining appropriate sanctions. The jury then deliberate privately to decide what sanctions the youth offender should be given.

Sanctions may include that the youth:
  • Attend anger management or educational programs
  • Complete community service
  • Complete other creative sanctions
  • Compose an essay
  • Participate in counseling
  • Serve jury duty
Harford County District Court Judges preside over all of the Teen Court cases and approve recommended sanctions.