Youth Court is a diversion program of the Jackson County Family Court. Juvenile offenders between the ages of 8-16 charged with misdemeanor or status offenses are offered the opportunity of appearing before a court of their peers. Common cases include; shoplifting, curfew, trespassing, etc.
How does it work?
After a juvenile has been arrested a letter is sent to the parents for permission for Youth Court to hear the case. The defendant is then arraigned before a Youth Judge and represented by Youth Counsel. All court positions are filled by his/her peers. If the defendant is found guilty or pleads guilty, the court will assign up to 50 hours of community service, an apology, or an essay. The sentence could consist of a combination of these components.
Qualifications for membership
Personnel must be in the 7th grade through grade 12, and live in Grandview or attend CSD#4 schools
Training of Personnel
Personnel receive three levels of training. Training classes are presented by the Steering Committee members and local attorneys. At the end of the sessions students must pass a ‘bar exam’ and are given the oath of office (sworn in) for service in Youth Court.
Grandview Youth Court originated in December 1987.