16th GLOBAL YOUTH JUSTICE TRAINING
ESTABLISH and ENHANCE and LEARN
Teen Court - Youth Court - Student Court - Peer Court - Peer Jury
Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA
June 13-15, 2017
Global Youth Justice Advances
International Nonprofit Approved
501(c) Status Pending, New Website and 1st Board of Directors
All 6 Resolutions are below.
American Bar Association
February 14, 2011
RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association (ABA) urges federal, state, territorial, and local governments to create and provide appropriate support for Youth or Teen Courts that, through a nondiscriminatory peer-driven restorative justice process involving family members, diverts youth from the formal consequences of juvenile court petitions, proceedings, adjudications, or juvenile justice sanctions by:
(A) Providing civic education for all participants that builds respect for their rule of law and the legal process, including mentorship and community service opportunities;
(B) Permitting program referrals from prosecutors, probation departments and police, as well as from the courts, and not limiting program eligibility to first-time offenders;
judges, lawyers, law students, civic organizations and businesses to recruit youth volunteers and to provide
training, other assistance and support
to create, sustain and promote programs; and,
(D) Supporting national, state, and local research and evaluation on all aspects of these programs.
Global Youth Justice
January 1, 2010
RESOLVED, That Global Youth Justice proactively champions the quality implementation, enhancement, and expansion of volunteer-driven local Youth Justice and Juvenile Justice Diversion programs around the Globe for primary purposes of reducing the incidence and preventing the escalation of juvenile crime. Global Youth Justice’s 2020 Youth Justice Plan for the Globe is as follows:
By 2020, there will be more than 2,000 local youth courts, teen courts, peer courts, student courts, and youth peer panels operational on the planet in more than a dozen countries to include programs on every continent.
By 2020, there will be more than 225,000 youthful offenders/juveniles referred annually for disposition and sentencing to these juvenile justice programs for their offenses, crimes and/or violations.
By 2020, there will be more than 210,000 youth volunteering annually in these local youth courts, teen courts, peer courts, student courts, and youth peer panels.
By 2020, there will be more than 30,000 adults volunteering annually in these local youth courts, teen courts, peer courts, student courts, and youth peer panels.
By 2020, there will be more than 5,000 full-time and part-time professional staff working in these 2,000 local programs around the globe.
Street Law, Inc.
December 17, 2002
Whereas Youth Courts offer:
…young first-time, nonviolent offenders who admit their guilt and are offered an opportunity to be sentenced by their peers and to receive a consequence that reflects the ideals of and educates the offenders in restorative justice;
…police officers, probation officers, and juvenile court judges with a heavy docket an innovative alternative to dismissing less serious causes and sending first-time offenders outside of the formal juvenile justice proceedings;
…young volunteers the chance to serve as judges, jurors, bailiffs, and clerks a coordinated effort to hold their peers accountable with balanced sentences that repair harm done to the offenders victim, the community, and to the offender himself or herself.
And whereas Youth Courts build:
…ties between the justice system, members of the community, and youth;
…an awareness in youth of the law and consequences of delinquency;
…a type of community where youth can contribute to society and demonstrate democracy to action;
Therefore, be it Resolved:
That we commend, support, and assist those involved in Youth Courts and others developing Youth Courts.
American Probation and Parole Association
June 9, 2002
RESOLVED, That the American Probation and Parole Association joins in the celebration of the first Youth Court Month and hereby recognizes that probation, parole, and community supervision agencies support and assist in the formation and expansion of diversionary programs, known as youth court.
Constitutional Rights Foundation and
Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
RESOLVED, That the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago encourage schools, youth programs, attorneys, judges, and police departments to work together to form and expand diversionary programs, known as Youth Courts/Teen Courts, where juveniles, under the supervision of representatives from the education and legal communities, determine sentencing for first time juvenile offenders who are charged with misdemeanors or minor infractions of school rules and consent to participate in the program, recognizing than an important sentencing option – community services – serves both the offender and the community.
American Bar Association
August 9, 1995
RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association (ABA) encourages states and territorial legislatures, court systems, and bar associations to support and assist in the formation and expansion of diversionary programs, known as Youth Courts, where youth/juvenile participants, under the supervision of volunteer attorney’s and advisory staff, act as judges, jurors, clerks, bailiffs, and counsel for the first time juvenile offenders who are charged with misdemeanors and consent to the program.