Youth Court

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Welcome to the
Youth Court of Jefferson County

Youth Court of Jefferson County is an alternative to the more complex criminal and juvenile justice system. This innovative approach to juvenile justice serves our county as an early intervention option for first and some preapproved 2nd-time offenders who have committed minor offenses.

It is designed to help eligible youths between the ages of 7 and 18 (7-15 Youth Court, 16-18 Youth Court PLUS) have their court case heard in a real courtroom with youth volunteers serving as prosecuting and defense attorneys, court clerks, bailiffs and judges rather than become involved in Family Court, Jefferson County Probation Department or the Jefferson County Criminal Court. Through the use of Restorative Justice principles, participating youth will learn about the juvenile justice system and be held accountable for his/her behavior by his/her community and peers.

Youth Court is a voluntary diversion program. Youth offenders referred to Youth Court are not required to proceed in Youth Court of Jefferson County and may elect to proceed in the appropriate state court if they choose

Restorative Justice Approach

Traditional Approach

Restorative Approach

  • School rules are broken
  • Justice focuses on establishing guilt
  • Accountability = punishment
  • Justice directed at the offender; the victim is ignored
  • Rules and intent outweigh whether outcome is positive or negative
  • Limited opportunity for expressing remorse or making amends.
  • School rules are broken
  • Justice focuses on establishing guilt
  • Accountability = punishment
  • Justice directed at the offender; the victim is ignored
  • Rules and intent outweigh whether outcome is positive or negative
  • Limited opportunity for expressing remorse or making amends.

Interested in Volunteering?

Youth Court volunteers are between 13 and 21 years of age and can be a student from any school in Jefferson County to include local colleges. All training is provided to volunteers in a safe and friendly environment. If you are interested in applying, please fill out an application and send it the the Youth Court Director. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email the Youth Court Director.

My child recieved an Appearance Ticket

If you and your child have received a Youth Court appearance ticket, please call the Youth Court office at (315) 836-8504 within 5 business days to schedule an intake appointment with your child.

Youth Court Advisory Council

Carolyn Fitzpatrick
Jefferson County Legislator
Carrie Mangino
SRO, Indian River School District
Cindy Intschert
Asst. District Attorney, Lewis County
D.J. Monroe
Head of School Mediation, Indian River Central Schools
Dan Campbell
Business Owner & Retired Probation Supervisor
Edward Klepacz
Magistrates President & Town of Theresa Justice
Jeanette Rushford
BOCES Alternative School Principal
Justin Brotherton
Family Court Lawyer & Town of Brownville Justice
Kevin Amann
Deputy, Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept.
Kristine Maloney
Probation Supervisor
Kristyna Mills
District Attorney, Jefferson County
Mary Jo Burkhard
Lewis County Probation Director
Scott McIntyre
SRO, Watertown City School District
Shane Ryan
SRO, Watertown City School District
Tammie Miller
BOCES School Implementation Specialist
Teresa Gaffney
Commissioner, Department of Social Services

Apply to be a volunteer today!

Click the button below to download a PDF application. Please fill it out completely and either email it to aobrien@resolution-center.net, mail it, or drop it off at 200 Washington Street, Suite 207, Watertown, NY 13601.
Application

Meet the Director

Allan O'Brien Headshot

Allan O’Brien is a former school administrator who brings a strong knowledge of youth to his position. He has a bachelor's degree in French Language and Literature from S.U.N.Y Potsdam, a Masters in Education from S.U.N.Y Potsdam, a C.A.S. in Educational Administration from S.U.N.Y Oswego, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Vanderbilt University. In addition to his scholarly and professional background, Allan brings a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm for the work he does for the resolution center. He strongly believes in Restorative Justice and strives to help as many Youth as possible.
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