Juvenile offenders; authorizes any jurisdiction to establish a youth court program. (HB2017)

Introduced By

Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Juvenile offenders; youth court programs. Authorizes any jurisdiction to establish a youth court program, defined in the bill as a diversionary program that (i) is monitored by a local youth court program advisory committee; (ii) uses juvenile volunteers as lawyers, jurors, and other court personnel; (iii) uses volunteer attorneys or judicial officers as judges; (iv) conducts peer trials, subject to the juvenile and domestic relations court's jurisdiction, of juveniles who are assigned to the program by the court; and (v) imposes various sentences emphasizing restitution, rehabilitation, accountability, competency building, and education, but not incarceration. The bill provides that a jurisdiction may establish a youth court program upon establishment of a local youth court advisory committee and approval of the youth court program by the juvenile and domestic relations court that serves such jurisdiction The bill requires each local youth court program advisory committee to establish criteria for the eligibility and participation of juveniles who have committed nonviolent offenses in the youth court program as well as policies and procedures for the operation of such program. The bill provides that whenever an intake officer takes informal action on a complaint alleging that a child is in need of services, in need of supervision, or delinquent, the intake officer may refer the juvenile to a youth court program. Read the Bill »


01/12/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101705D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

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