Referral and intake process
Youth Court is an alternative to traditional prosecution. A referring agency (School, Police, or Court) may decide a young person is a candidate for Youth Court. That referral agency will complete a consent form with the young person and their parent/guardian. the consent form authorities the release of the incident report to the Youth court Staff. Once a complete referral packet (signed consent form, official report and any other supporting documentation) has been received, the Youth Court Staff will contact the family to set up an intake. The intake must take place. At the intake appointment, families will receive s copy of their hearing notice and all the information they will need to be successful at Youth Court.
The Hearing Night
Respondents and their families show up on their scheduled hearing night a 1/2 hour prior to their hearing time to meet with their peer defense team.