Genesee County Youth Court
Youth Serving Youth
Youth Court is a voluntary alternative for young people who face disciplinary action through school or law enforcement. Youth who admit to the charge appear for a sentencing hearing before a court of his/her peers. Three teen judges listen to both sides of the issue and recommend a sentence based upon what is heard in the courtroom. The goal of the youth court is to improve youth citizenship skills and decrease problematic behavior.
Young people (respondents) who chose to go before a court of their peers are referred by either school or law enforcement. Respondents are provided with an opportunity to learn from their mistakes through positive peer pressure and early intervention. Parents and guardians are involved in the entire process. Sentencing for respondents is designed for the individual youth. There is no permanent record of the incident in the youth’s file or record. All proceedings are confidential.
Members learn about group decision making, the judicial process, and public speaking. Youth Court teaches young people how to be leaders and exposes them to career options in public service.
The Genesee County Youth Court will be a tribunal court with youth learning and participating in the following roles
We are currently training youth who plan to serve on the court; in a few weeks they will take their bar exam and those selected will be sworn in. If you would like more information about Youth Court, please contact Jen Waldron, Program Coordinator.