Youth Court

Bothell Youth Court is a community-based intervention and prevention program that provides an alternative response to the adult municipal court for first-time, traffic infraction offenders, in which community youth are empowered to determine the appropriate sanctions for their peers and to hold them accountable for their actions. The program will provide to the youthful offenders and volunteers, educational services and hands-on experience in the judicial system in an effort to promote and increase life and coping skills that leads to enhanced public safety and to create future leaders in the community.

Qualifications


Are you are a high school student who has recently received a traffic infraction? Are you looking for a way to keep your driving record clean? Youth court may be what you're looking for. To qualify for Bothell Youth Court:
  • You must be 16 or 17 years of age
  • The case must not be a negligent driving, or have involved an accident
  • You can not have had a deferral or youth court case before
  • You can not have been found committed on or have a pending traffic case in any court
  • You can not contest the infraction

The Ultimate Jury of Your Peers


At the Youth Court you will appear before a judge and jury of your peers to explain the circumstances of your infraction. You may be able to have witnesses testify on your behalf. The teen jury will then decide on an equitable consequence which may include, but is not restricted to:
  • Community service
  • Writing a letter of apology or an essay
  • Going on a police ride-along
  • Participating in Street Law curriculum
  • Serving on a Youth Court panel
There is a 6 month deferral period for each case, after which, if all conditions have been completed successfully, the charge will be dismissed. If you feel that you may qualify for Youth Court, you will need to fill out an Opt In form, and submit to the court with a $30 transfer fee. If you have any questions, please call the court at 425-487-5587.