Youth Court is an innovative approach to juvenile justice and an early intervention for first-time misdemeanor
offenders. It is designed to give youth who have broken the law and admitted their guilt a second chance. It
serves minors between the ages of 10 and 17.
All participants in Youth Court, except the judicial officer presiding over the court and program staff, are under
the age of 18. Eligible young offenders will have their cases heard in a real courtroom with peers serving as
prosecuting and defense attorneys, court clerks, bailiffs and jurors. A jury, comprised of juveniles, determines
Youth Court is also designed to educate youth about the juvenile justice system. Through direct participation,
Youth Court addresses each juvenile's responsibility for his or her behavior and holds the juvenile accountable
to their community and peers.
The Marin YMCA administers Youth Court, in collaboration with the Court, District Attorney's Office, Office of the
Public Defender, Probation Department, Marin County Bar Association and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Under the leadership of Don Carney, YMCA's Executive Director, Marin Youth Court has become a robust and sustainable program.
For more information about Youth Court, please contact Don Carney at (415) 459-9622 or at email@example.com, Allison Fabian at (415) 459-4875 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or