What is Youth Court?
Ontario County Youth Court is a voluntary alternative to the traditional criminal justice system for young people who have committed certain violations, misdemeanors, or have breached a student code of conduct. Respondents who choose to come before Youth Court have their case heard by a jury of their peers, avoid attorney fees, and are not labeled a juvenile delinquent.
Youth Court members are students in grades 8-12 that have completed a rigorous 20 hour training to prepare to fill the various roles of the courtroom. The training is conducted by real judges, attorneys, probation officers, law enforcement, and other professionals. Members can then assume the roles of Judge, Bailiff, Prosecution, Defense, and Jury.