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Youth court seeks volunteers

Youth court has operated in the greater Baldwinsville community since 1993. It is a program that holds young offenders accountable for their actions and serves as an alternative to family court. With the permission of a parent or a guardian, a young person in trouble can elect to go before youth court, where they will be defended, prosecuted and sentenced by their peers. Youth court is held at the town of Van Buren Justice Court on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Are you in eighth through 12th grade? Would you like to defend or prosecute young people, ages 7 to 15 in trouble with the law? Would you like to serve as a judge and determine the appropriate sentence? We will train you in the law and the workings of both the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Training for youth court will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday April 25 at the town of DeWitt Justice Court, 5400 Butternut Drive in DeWitt. Pizza and beverages will be provided for lunch at the training session. Training will be completed at actual youth court sessions, the second and fourth Tuesdays of the months that follow.

This is an opportunity to serve your community and to make a difference. Service in youth court has qualified for participation in government credit in the past. IF you are interested in joining the program, have questions or would like to receive an information brochure, call Van Buren Town Justice Ed Van Der Water at 635-3523.

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