Youth Court Eligibility Requirements

All juveniles admitted to Youth Court must be aged 13-17. Youth are arrested and taken to juvenile processing. If you/your child has not gotten into trouble before, and if the charge is not violent, the juvenile will be diverted to Youth Court. Juveniles are then advised to come to our intake office on Monday or Wednesday for processing. For specific questions regarding eligibility requirements, please email Carolyn Dallas at cdallas@youthcourtofdc.org.


Juvenile respondents are most often referred from the following sources:

  • 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