Olathe Youth Court

 

Olathe Youth Court is an alternative to District Court for first time offenders of minor offenses such as: battery, criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, telephone harrassment, and theft. The jurisdiction of and referrals to Olathe Youth Court are within the discretion of the Johnson County Office of the District Attorney. Olathe Youth Court is voluntary, and student defendants who complete all Olathe Youth Court requirements have no formal criminal record.

Student Participation

Olathe students serve as judges, jurors, attorneys, clerks, and bailiffs in Olathe Youth Court. The majority of cases in youth court are guilty pleas where participants determine appropriate sanctions for the defendant. However, Olathe Youth Court is one of the few youth courts in the nation that allow a not guilty plea where participants determine the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

If Interested in Participating

Interested students may participate in a Youth Court session as a juror and can attend training sessions to become a Youth Court Officer.  After students have served on two juries and completed appropriate training, they are eligible to work as attorneys, judges, bailiffs, and clerks. Please contact Jennifer Bodenmiller at (913) 780-7046 if you are interested in attending a training session.

When and Where to go

Court sessions are typically held on the fourth Thursday of each month (no sessions in December or May) at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Johnson County Courthouse, which is located at the corner of Santa Fe and Kansas Ave. in Olathe.

Directions to the Johnson County Courthouse

125 N. Cherry St. Olathe, Kansas 66061

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To Participate

Attend the next Youth Court session (see the calendar section) or contact Jennifer Bodenmiller.