Youth Court Eligibility Requirements

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Eligibility Requirements:

The Youth Court of the District of Columbia is an alternative to traditional prosecution.Youth between the ages of 13-17 who have been accused of a non-violent misdemeanor crime are eligible to participate. A referring agency may decide if a youth should be considered a candidate to participate in the Youth Court Program. *Refer to possible Infractions and Referring Agencies listed below*

How Does the Process Work:

  1. The referred youth and parent or guardian will complete a Consent to Participate Form. The consent form authorizes the release of the incident report to the Youth Court of the District of Columbia representative.
  2. The Referring Agency will notify the referred youth of their intake appointment that will determine eligibility. The referred youth must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian at the intake and agree to the rules and regulations of Youth Court as well as complete a General Information Form.

*Youth Court staff representative may determine that you are ineligible to participate and refer your case back to the referring agency for further action.

Referring Agencies:

  • Metropolitan Police Department;
  • Metropolitan Transit Police Department;
  • Court Social Services;
  • Other youth-serving organizations;
  • and/or Parental/Guardian referrals.

Possible Infractions include, but are not limited to:

  • Destruction of Property
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Failure to Pay Metro Fare
  • Gambling Offenses
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Simple Assault and/or Threats
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft
  • Truancy
  • Unlawful Entry
  • Possession of Marijuana