Schools in the Court

Courthouse and Bus
Twice each school year, a courtroom in Anne Arundel County District Court is packed with about 100 county teens who have been “summoned” to appear. They come -- not with their attorneys but with their teachers -- to learn first-hand about the consequences of making bad decisions. It’s all part of the twice-yearly Schools in the Court program.

“The students see defendants who may be not much older,” said Anne Arundel County District 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.”

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.

For more information about Schools in the Court, contact the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410-260-1488, communications@mdcourts.gov.