The idea is simple.

If you are a young person in 8th to 11th grade and are in trouble, all you have to do is admit your wrongdoings and face a court of peers.

Youth Court is a voluntary alternative for young people who are facing discipline, whether it’s in school or by law enforcement.

Youth who are referred admit to the charge and appear before a court of their peers. There are three youth judges who listen to both sides of the issue and determine an appropriate disposition. The goal of Youth Court is to improve youth citizenship skills and decrease problematic behavior.

Youth Court members learn about the judicial process and law enforcement, group decision making; develop their public speaking skills; participate in a great leadership opportunity; and learn and participate in all roles of the courtroom: judge, prosecution, defense, and bailiff.

Eighth- to 11th-graders who are interested can go online to access an application form on the Genesee County website

Print the application, fill it out and then:

n Mail it to: Chelsea Elliott, Youth Court, Genesee County Youth Bureau, 2 Bank St., Batavia, NY 14020

n Or scan it electronically and email it to:

n Or fax it to: (585) 345-3063

Applications are due by July 31st. Interviews of potential candidates will take place in August with the training to begin in October.

For more information on the Genesee County Youth Court, contact Chelsea Elliott at the Genesee County Youth Bureau, 344-3960.

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