Cass County Youth Court: Youth Leadership with Character, Integrity and Compassion
Youth Court is a peer court.
Juvenile offenders are given the choice of appearing before the Youth Court or going to Cass County Juvenile Court. They will be tried, judged, defended and convicted, or exonerated by a court made up of their peers. The Cass County Youth Court guidelines are established, and supervised by adult attorneys, judges, prosecutors, and juvenile officials. All Youth Court sessions are monitored by an adult. However, the youth selected to serve the court make the final decisions. All cases heard are real cases.
Primary Goal of Youth Court
The primary goal of the Cass County Youth Court is to reduce incidents of juvenile delinquency, misconduct and misbehavior, while diverting youth from the Juvenile Justice System. It also provides “positive peer pressure” to the youth involved to influence, educate, and train them to conduct youth court to promote the administration of justice.
What Types of Cases does Youth Court Handle?
Common cases heard in Youth Court are: shoplifting, curfew violation, disorderly conduct, vandalism, property damage, trespassing, and truancy.
Advantages of Youth Court
The youth offender will be given the opportunity of being heard and judged by their peers. If the youth is imposed a sentence by the court, and it is fulfilled, all court records regarding all proceedings will be will be destroyed on the youth’s seventeenth birthday.
Roles of Youth Court Personnel
Requirements for Participation
All Youth Court members must:
(Training consists of four training sessions, a final bar examination, and a swearing in by an adult judge prior to participating).
Download an informational brochure and application form here!