Tri-County coordinates the Juvenile Hearing Boards for Johnston, Smithfield, North Providence and Scituate. The Hearing Boards offer an alternative to Family Court for first time juvenile offenders (under the age of 18) whom would be sent to Family Court for disposition. These cases are referred to the Juvenile Hearing Boards from the local police. Sanctions are imposed to divert juvenile offenders from a second offense while identifying problems affecting their behavior, including truancy, disobedience or delinquency. Hearing Boards are consistent with the concept of restorative justice.