How Can I Volunteer?
Volunteers can earn 3 service learning hours each session. The teen jury consists of students in grades 8-12 who reside in Harford County or attend a Harford County Public School. Adult volunteers act as guides for the teen jury. Some jurors are strictly volunteers and others may have been past participants who have received jury duty as a sanction. Volunteers are expected to maintain con dentiality about what they observe in court at all times. Trainings are held twice a year for new volunteers.
How Does it Work?
A Teen Court Hearing is held with a jury of the participant’s peers, local volunteer teens, who 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. Harford County District Court Judges preside over all of the Teen Court cases and approve recommended sanctions.
Where & When?
Hearings are scheduled for the 1st Thursday of each month at the Bel Air District Courthouse, 2 South Bond Street. Volunteers should expect to be present from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.