Youth Court

Mission

The Washington County Youth Court, a program of the Youth Volunteer Corps of Washington County, is a youth-focused, youth-driven peer court. Youth Court is recognized and authorized by the Washington County Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Justice Court and the Five County Re-entry Council. Youth Court exists as a preventative measure to divert first-time juvenile offenders in Washington County, Utah from continued involvement in negative behavior by holding them accountable in a meaningful, innovative and rehabilitative manner.

What is Youth Court?

Youth Court provides an alternative to the juveniles justice system or further school sanctions for young, first-time offenders. Youth Court is a diversionary program which does not result in a permanent juvenile court record (restorative justice).

Youth Court trains high school age youth for service as judges, clerks, and bailiffs in actual criminal cases.  As part of Youth Court, there is a panel of youth that decide consequences for the offender (who admit their mistakes) that make them accountable for their actions. Youth Court is always looking for youth volunteers to serve on the panel. 

Questions or need more information?

Luis Escobar

(435) 674-5757 extension 101

lescobar@fivecounty.utah.gov