So they sentenced Garcia to 36 hours of community service, a tour of a city jail and a word essay on temptation--the maximum sentence possible. Welcome to teen court, where juveniles in trouble with the law are prosecuted, defended, judged and sentenced by peers. Now 37 counties throughout the state have them. Throughout the country, teen courts are evolving as an alternative to regular juvenile justice courts. They were conceived in the late s in Odessa, Texas, and now almost every state has one, said Katie Self, president of the Florida Assn.
Listen Listening Diversion programs offer first-time youth offenders an alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system -- sometimes called a pipeline to prison. For a little over a year in New Haven, a diversion program called Project Youth Court has taken shape. In a large high-ceilinged federal courtroom with brightly lit wood-paneled walls, a group of 11 students filed into the jury box. Soon they would be hearing testimony from a high school student. New Haven 11th grader Sierra Welch was one of the jury members.
As the year-old defendant sat in the witness box, he quietly answered one question after another in the courtroom. Who are his friends? Why are his grades low?
The definition of youth court in the dictionary is a court that deals with juvenile offenders and children beyond parental control or in need of care Former name: juvenile court. Educalingo cookies are used to personalize ads and get web traffic statistics. We also share information about the use of the site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Meaning of "youth court" in the English dictionary. Teen court.