Town Board Liaison: Amy Standaert
Telephone: (518) 371-6651
What is Youth Court?
Youth Court is a voluntary alternative to the criminal justice system for young people who have committed a crime or an offense. The goal of Youth Court is to intervene in early anti-social, delinquent, and criminal behavior , and to reduce the incidence and prevent the escalation of such behavior. Youth Court strives to promote feelings of self esteem and a desire for self improvement, and to foster a healthy attitude towards rules and authority. Youth Court also offers a law-related education program for young people who seek to become members of the Court.
What Happens In Youth Court?
A youth, who has admitted guilt to a crime or an offense, appears for a sentencing hearing before a jury of peers. The jury is presented with evidence relevant to the sentencing, deliberates, and passes sentence. Sentences typically include community service and counseling, and stress rehabilitative goals.
To sign up as a member of the Youth Court (Freshman through Senior) or as a Juror for Youth Court (7th Grade through Senior) fill out the pdf Member Application (158 KB)