The Howard County Teen Court was implemented in 2018 and is managed by the Howard County Police Department. It is a voluntary diversion program that is used to resolve misdemeanor offenses without requiring intervention by the Department of Juvenile Services. Youth who successfully complete the Howard County Teen Court program avoid a juvenile record for their offense.
Cases are referred to Teen Court by local law enforcement agencies, and the school systems. In order to be eligible for the program, youth must be between the ages of 14-17 (High School), first time offenders, Howard County residents, and admit their involvement (guilt). Their Parent/guardian, the victim, and the apprehending officer must consent to the juvenile’s participation in the program.