LAYTON -- The Layton Youth Court will swear in its 15th year of court operators during the Layton City Council meeting Sept. 20.
The swearing-in will be at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 437 N. Wasatch Drive.
The Layton Youth Court was established in September 1998.
Youth courts are a diversionary juvenile program that provides a second chance for young respondents who have no previous criminal history to avoid a juvenile record, said Karlene Kidman, Layton Youth Court director.
The court holds hearings on minor misdemeanor offenses for juvenile offenders referred to the court by school resource officers, patrol officers and school officials, Kidman said.
The offenders are sentenced by a panel of their peers, with youths serving as judges, bailiffs, clerks, mentors and counselors.
Nine adults and 33 youths run the program, with 439 having participated in it since the court was established.
The Layton Youth Court hears, on average, 118 cases per year and has received numerous awards and recognitions, Kidman said.