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