Indeed, from my days as a criminal defense attorney, or in civil litigation and on to my years representing suburban municipalities and school districts or as a court appointed mediator, I believe that I accomplished more and had greater impact on lives being involved with the Youth Court Program than in any other law related field. Initially, those of us assisting with the program had a fear that the students would resist participation and that the program would not succeed despite our best efforts; the students proved us wrong. As I recall, within a few short months of training the participating students, they had more cases than they could handle. It was readily apparent that the students whose activities were being scrutinized, were more trusting of their peers than of the teaching and administrative staff. Interestingly, because the students knew each other outside of school, were aware of family issues and past behavior, those serving on the Youth Court were sometimes sensitive and more often, critical of those appearing before them; yet, they handled the dispositions with great empathy.
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Beginning Tuesday, December 11, , the front main entrance to the Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building will be open to the public following a year-long construction project. Access to the Court of Appeals, the Court of Special Appeals, and the State Law Library was limited for most of , which forced visitors and employees to use the side entrance of the building. However, as the final construction phase comes to an end, all persons doing business with the courts or the library can begin using the front entrance. For those needing handicap access to the building, the ADA access ramp is located along the side of the building next to the lower parking garage. Please look for blue directional handicap signs. The Court of Appeals is the highest court in the State commonly called the Supreme Court in other states and at the federal level.
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. In recent years, the manner in which American society deals with its youngest criminals has changed in dramatic ways.
Youth come to the attention of law enforcement for many reasons, some for law violations and others for normal adolescent conduct. Early intervention is intended to create alternative responses to youth behavior which, when implemented well, can keep youth from having contact with the juvenile justice system, such as an arrest, petition, or status offense referral. Some examples are detailed below. In the past three decades, schools have become a major source of referrals to the juvenile justice system.