To be tried by jury of your peers — for the Ontario County Youth Court, that’s exactly its function.
On Wednesday night the Youth Court held its induction ceremony in which it welcomed 21 new members and said thank-you to the 21 outgoing members. The incoming members spent 10 weeks going through training.
Youth court sees a variety of actual criminal court cases by youths between the age of 10 and 17. Some of the crimes youth court tries are petit larceny, pulling fire alarms, bullying, marijuana possession and harassment.
“Youth court taught me that there’s a need for youth to involved,” said Kenneth DeLand, who will be attending St. John Fisher College to pursue a career in the legal profession. “ It’s served to be a inspiration for my future.”