Oregon Youth Court Association
Youth Court & Community- Where Character Counts
Youth Court provides an opportunity for...
Youth Volunteers to learn more about the legal process.
Defendants to be held accountable for their law breaking behavior.
Youth to learn job skills and gain experience while completing community service work and other requirements.
Why Youth Court?
Due to the volume of serious crimes being committed and the caseload size of Juvenile Departments, youth whose law breaking activities are of a less serious nature, often experience few consequences for their actions.
Quite often, youth may get the impression that they are not going to be held accountable for their offense or that their behavior is of no consequence. Therefore, the natural progression is to repeat offenses and often, the offenses are more serious. The first time offender frequently becomes the second and subsequent offender under these conditions.
Programs such as Youth Court, have consistently proven effective in reducing the rate of repeat offenses by causing youth to take responsibility for their actions and by providing them with the support of a positive peer group.