Teens in Court

Teens in Court

Almost 60 teens appeared together in District Court in Annapolis Thursday, April 11. But instead of coming with their attorneys, the high school students had their teachers by their sides. It was part of Anne Arundel County District Court’s Schools in the Court program, where county high school students learn firsthand about the consequences of making bad decisions.

“The students see defendants who may be not much older than they are,” said Judge Danielle M. Mosley, who leads the program. “Students can learn how the court system works, but perhaps more importantly, we want them to understand how making wrong choices about things such as speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drug use and other crimes can deeply and adversely impact their lives.”

Students from Meade High School took part in the April 11 program. Schools in the Court is held twice each school year. In addition to watching actual criminal cases, students hear from victims and people who have been convicted of drinking and driving, learn about the legal and financial consequences of being charged with drunk driving, and meet with a representative from Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center.