Judge Boylan Tells Club Women Of Juvenile Court

March 17, 1960

Approximately 50 members of the Women’s Clubs of Carroll attended “A Day In Court” on Wednesday afternoon, March 9th.

These ladies, coming from Hampstead, Mr. Airy, Woodbine, Sykesville and Westminster heard Chief Judge James E. Boylan, Jr., explain the problems and procedure of Juvenile Court. As Maryland law prohibits the attendance of the public at a Juvenile Court case, Judge Boylan addressed the group in the Court Room at the Carroll County Court House.

The Juvenile Court is a court set up for the protection of children who are of juvenile age, and who become neglected, dependent or delinquent. Judge Boylan said that from its inception until the present time, the Juvenile Court for Carroll County has handled about 1130 cases, averaging from 100 to 125 per year.

The Judge has the right to send the child home in the custody of his parents, to a foster home or to a reform school. In most cases, the child is paroled in the custody of his parents. In Carroll County, the supervision in these cases is conducted by the Welfare Board. The Court does not continue any child under supervision over 18 years of age.

The Judge feels that Juvenile delinquency is primarily the fault of the parents; that parents are not exercising proper control over their children. In many instances the parents are away working and do not know with whom their children are associating. Too, children are allowed out at night without supervision. The Judge feels children should be made to do homework, that the 3 R’s are still important and attend Church or Sunday School. Judge Boylan closed by saying if the parents are congenial there is no delinquency, but where there is discord in the home, you will usually find trouble.

“A Day In Court” was a joint observance and project of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges to acquaint the citizens of our communities with the functions of the Juvenile Court and the facilities available to the Courts.

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