Once the sentence is decided, you will be given a packet at the hearing with all the instructions needed and the defendant may begin completing the elements of the sentence. When young, first-time offenders anxiously take the stand in anne arundel teen court, they face the judgments of their friends and classmates, a harsher lesson than any adult court system could ever give. A youth is charged with a law violation by law enforcement agencies. Although no specific numbers were available, higdon estimated 90 percent of teenagers who went before peer juries were one-time offenders.
How does sentencing in youth courts differ from adult sentencing?
The coordinator conducts an interview with the minor and his parents/guardians to explain the teen court program. In 2014, 75 juveniles participated in teen court through 25 court nights throughout the year.