An alternative to traditional juvenile court, Youth Courts are established by judges to involve trained high school students in adjudicating minor offenses by peers. Garfield High School students can serve as jurors, judges, attorneys, and bailiffs during Seattle Youth Traffic Court hearings. Students work under the supervision of a high school teacher, who works closely with Seattle University School of Law, Seattle Municipal Court and Seattle Police Department.
The first training is on Monday, September 12, and is open to all current Garfield students. Hearings begin on September 19 and there is a full slate of teen defendants. This is a great way to earn service hours and build a college resume.