Springville Youth Court is in ses­sion to help peers

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Shan­non Acor

Twenty Springville stu­dent vol­un­teers will as­sume the role of judges, bailiffs, clerks vic­tims’ ad­vo­cate and men­tors as mem­bers of the Springville Youth Court. In Oc­to­ber, the court will be­gin work­ing with ju­ve­nile of­fend­ers who have com­mit­ted first of­fenses that are Class B mis­de­meanors and un­der. The peer-topeer court will be in ses­sion the sec­ond and fourth Thurs­day of the month in the Springville City Coun­cil Cham­bers.

The dis­po­si­tions (sen­tences) of the court strive to in­cor­po­rate ac­count­abil­ity, en­cour­age skill de­vel­op­ment or pro­vide a com­mu­nity con­nec­tion through ser­vice. This ap­proach is known as “restora­tive jus­tice.” Once the ju­ve­nile of­fender suc­cess­fully com­pletes the terms of the dis­po­si­tion, he or she is in­vited to re­turn to the court and re­port on their ex­pe­ri­ences and, in re­turn, main­tains a clean record. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www. springville.org/youth­court or con­tact the Preven­tion Depart­ment at 801-491-7823.

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