Teen Court

Due to the ongoing restrictions that remain in effect for access to the courthouse and the current Covid-19 information, there will be no Teen Court for the Fall 2021 session. A decision will be made about the Spring session in November.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Teen Court is a diversion program offered to first time juvenile offenders in which they admit to their involvement in the offense and agree to have their case heard before a peer jury of Teen Court student volunteers in a court setting. The judges, which include Circuit, District, and Special Appeals judges, volunteer their time and are present to answer legal questions and set the tone for the courtroom.

Using Teen Court guidelines, the jury decides the appropriate disposition which includes mandatory community service hours, appropriate educational programs, and may include essays, apology letters, or Teen Court jury duties. If the juvenile offender (respondent) completes the assigned disposition within 60 days, the original charge is dismissed and will not appear in the juvenile's record. 

Our next semester session will be the 2020 Spring Teen Court session (January - May). We will hold an open application period forall high school students residing in Montgomery County for the 2020 Spring Session from November 14 – November 20. The Volunteer Application for the Spring 2020 Semester will be available on this site on November 14.

Student Volunteer Information

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be resuming Teen Court for the Fall 2021 session.


Teen Court is open to all high school students residing in Montgomery County.

The program is run in semester sessions:

  • Spring (January - May)
  • Summer (June – August), and
  • Fall (September – December).

An open application period is held in the month prior to start of the next semester session.

Volunteers must commit to attending Teen Court on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 4:30P – 7:30P at the Circuit Courthouse in Rockville during the semester. Volunteers must also agree to abide by the Teen Court Code of Conduct and Confidentiality Agreement included in the volunteer application packet.

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