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Ontario County Youth Court invites students for spring training

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The Ontario County Youth Court is set to commence its annual spring training program, welcoming students in grades 7-12 to learn about the judicial process through a peer-led diversion program. Starting on April 10, the eight-week training sessions will run every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m., equipping students with the knowledge and skills to serve in roles such as judge, jury, prosecution, and defense.

This unique program, designed to offer a restorative justice alternative to the traditional court system, allows first-time offenders to be judged by their peers, promoting accountability and understanding within the community. Trainees will gain hands-on experience by participating in real cases involving their fellow students, related to minor legal infractions or breaches of school conduct codes.

Supported by various local and state justice departments, the Ontario County Youth Court encourages interested individuals to learn more through their website and to attend an upcoming virtual information session scheduled for March 25 at 7 p.m. This initiative reflects a commitment to empowering youth with leadership opportunities and fostering a restorative approach to justice.