Youth Court provides a
twofold service. The purpose of Youth Court is to give juvenile
offenders the opportunity to be tried by a group of peers instead of a
typical jury trial. The program also educates the teenagers conducting
the trial by teaching them about the judicial process and rule of the
law through a hands-on approach.
These courts are one of the
fastest growing crime intervention and prevention programs in the
nation. The program is very successful for both the teenage participants
and the juvenile offenders.
Nonviolent Juvenile Offenders
City of Goose Creek, Youth Court offers a judicial procedure in which
peers’ sentence nonviolent juvenile offenders. By involving the
community and family members of offenders and victims, our youth court
influences the lives of juveniles in a unique and positive way.
Youth Court Training
The city’s Youth Court is comprised of students from Goose Creek and
Stratford High Schools. Students can elect to become a part of the youth
court program by signing up for this credited course at either of the
high schools in Goose Creek.
The students are given youth court
training classes through several means other than the assigned
instructor. City judges, police officers, and attorneys are called in as
guest instructors. During court each student is given the opportunity
to be the bailiff, defendant, or prosecution attorney, or one of the
three judges who preside over each individual case.
To learn more about youth courts, contact the National Youth Court Center at 859-244-8193 or visit the center’s website.