Join South Coast Youth Courts to make a difference in your community.
We have a variety of different rolls for both Youth and Adults.
Impartial Jurors are charged with the responsibility of determining the sanctions for each respondent's offensive behavior. Youth court jurors are students ages 12 to 18. Jury participation is voluntary. However, as part of their sanctions, respondents may be required to serve Youth court jury duty. Jurors will be recruited in area schools, community organizations, and youth groups. Jurors will be selected randomly and will be notified in advance of their service date. Jurors must appear 1/2 an hour before the hearing to be screened for impartiality and briefed on procedures. Schools are encouraged to use the jury experience as a classroom assignment or extra-credit project.
Be apart of something bigger than yourself!
Hearing nights are not only a great way to make long lasting connections with peers and community minded individuals but it is a great way to give back to your community. In the courtroom, you will gain valuable skills such as, Public Speaking , Critical Thinking and Case Preparation Techniques.
Youth Court Volunteer Attorneys are high school students who have a desire to learn more about the legal system and contribute to reducing delinquent behavior in their community. Interested students are required to fill out an application. The majority of volunteers accepted are high school students that have demonstrated commitment, dedication and maturity. Youth Court volunteers must take an oath of confidentiality.
All aspects of the Youth court program are designed to be strictly confidential.
Volunteers will be required to complete a training session to learn the roles of prosecution, defense, bailiff, and clerk. Volunteers are eligible for community service hours, internship credit and scholarships.
Our judges are an important piece of the hearing night process. Adult judges hear and preside over the hearings. They have the ability to look over the sanctions handed down by the peer jury and revise where they see fit. The judges also can overrule or sustain objections.
Most of our judges are community attorneys, retired judges, or elected officials. Our volunteer judges have donated over 3,400 hours to South Coast Youth Courts.
If you would like to be added to the list of volunteers willing to serve please e-mail: Terri Bellivau at email@example.com or Yajaira Romero at Yromero@paaca.org