September 25, 2014 – Carmel, NY


2014 - First Night of Training

Putnam County Youth Court has just begun its 2014 Fall Session with a fantastic first night of training! Our current Youth Court members presented a mock trial based on an actual case heard in Youth Court (with names & details changed for confidentiality.) This year, Youth Court training is focusing on a dangerous new trend: prescription drug abuse among youth.

Our children and communities are facing a real problem with prescription drug abuse. Most kids and even some adults don’t know that it is against the law to take or use someone else’s prescription medicines, and many parents don’t lock up their dangerous drugs. In Youth Court, we not only help defendants get back on track – we also educate our youth and families about emergent, dangerous trends.

Youth Court is simultaneously a fantastic community resource for helping young people who are heading down the wrong path, and an exciting and educational opportunity for youth interested in pursuing a legal career. For more information about Putnam County Youth Court, please email, or call 845-808-1600 x46122.



September 16, 2014 – Carmel, NY


The Putnam County Youth Court is gearing up for its 27th annual Fall Training Session, to be held at the Historic Court in Carmel. Youth Court is a peer court that hears cases of crimes committed by teens under age sixteen; defendants make their case in a courtroom entirely staffed by other teens that have been trained to serve as attorneys, bailiffs, clerks, judges, and juries.

Youth Court offers these youth the opportunity to constructively assume responsibility for their actions as well as learn about the justice system. In Putnam County Youth Court, we practice restorative – not punitive – justice: youth who are found guilty can be sentenced to up to fifty hours of community service, letters of apology, essays, jail tours, court observations, and other activities that help rehabilitate youth and strengthen the community.

Youth Court volunteer members range in age from 12 to 19 and come from communities throughout Putnam County. The ten-week intensive training session, beginning on September 24th, features experts in the field, and prepares our volunteers to serve as court officers in real cases.

Any youth interested in joining Youth Court should fill out Youth Court Application 2014, or for more information send an email to