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Sandy Youth Court offers an alternative approach to juvenile justice in which youth are referred for minor offenses and are sentenced by a jury of their peers. Youth Court employs a restorative justice-based approach that applies the skills and abilities of Sandy City juveniles to provide a positive peer influence, to hold youth accountable for their actions, and to strengthen their ties to their school and the community. Youth Court is an excellent opportunity to learn about the criminal justice and legal systems, serve your community, as well as providing leadership opportunities for members of the youth court panel. Youth Court service is an excellent addition to a resume for a career or for college applications.
Youth Court is an alternative to Juvenile Court for many first-time offenders. The biggest component for the youth acting as part of the youth court is the program’s main three components: 1) court hearings 2) peer mentoring and 3) peer mediation.
Youth courts allow teens to hold each other accountable for their illegal actions and reduce the likelihood that teens will engage in delinquent behavior. When referred to youth court, youth and their parents are both involved in the intake session and court hearings. This gives them exposure to the judicial process and are likely to realize the importance of being proactive in making changes in their lives.
Those interested in joining the Sandy Youth Court for the 2018-2019 School Year need to meet the following criteria:
- You must be in 9 th through 12 th grade for the 2018-2019 school year.
- Attend a high school in Sandy and/or be a Sandy City resident.
- You must be able to attend Youth Court every 2 nd and 4 th Wednesday from September through May.
- You must complete twenty hours of training prior to being on the court. This training happens in the summer
- You must pass a criminal background check.