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. Youth are empowered to determine the appropriate sanctions for their peers and to hold them accountable for their actions. The program provides educational services and hands-on experience in the judicial system to promote and increase coping skills that lead to enhanced public safety and creates future leaders. Youth Court meets at Bothell Municipal Court from 6 - 8 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, October through June.

Virtual Court instructions

For the 2020-2021 school year, Bothell Youth Court will be conducted in the Bothell Municipal Court's virtual courtroom. 

Parties wishing to view youth court proceedings may do so via the court's YouTube channel

Case participants and youth leaders: please confirm whether your appearance is expected in person or on virtual platform. Access the court's virtual courtroom via the Zoom link below. 

Join Zoom via video-capable device (download the Zoom app at zoom.us/download)Join Zoom via audio only. To mute/unmute, dial *6
Virtual Courtroom 
Dial: 1-253-215-8782 / Meeting ID: 961 9179 9683 / Password: 602704

Youth Court seeks youth volunteers

The Youth Court seeks youth volunteers who are interested in becoming civically engaged with the court system. Meeting once a month, Bothell Youth Court is presided over by a youth judge, witnessed by an all-youth jury, and cases are presented by youth attorneys. See the Bothell Youth Court website for more information or email the Youth Court.

Qualifications for youth traffic offenders to participate in Youth Court

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 application, and submit to the court with a $30 transfer fee. If you have any questions, please call the court at 425-487-5587.