All US citizens have the right to a trial before a jury of their peers. But when a youth is charged as an adult, you won’t find any of their peers in the jury box.
You must be at least 18 years old to be qualified to serve on a jury. However, in the state of Maryland, a youth as young as 14 years old can be automatically charged as an adult and is placed in an adult jail while he or she awaits their trial. Certain charges are eligible to be transferred to the juvenile system, but if a child doesn’t win their transfer hearing, they proceed to adult court where a jury of adults determines their fate.
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