"There are approximately 1,040 youth courts nationwide, and nearly 70 youth courts in California. Youth courts serve teenagers arrested on misdemeanor charges or a minor felony. A youth charged with an offense opts out of a hearing in juvenile court and agrees to a sentencing forum before a jury of peers. Teens in youth courts act in traditional courtroom roles such as attorney, clerk and bailiff, as well as serve on the jury. Sentences issued by the teen jury typically involve activities such as community service, written apologies, essays, educational workshops and jury service." For more information see: California Courts - Peer/Youth Courts or google Youth Courts for more background. Discuss.