[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of New Rochelle 6-17-1986 by Res. No. 137; amended in its entirety 12-10-1990 by Res. No. 285. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established in and for the City of New Rochelle a Youth Court designed to aid in developing a respect for and knowledge of the criminal justice system, both among those who are members thereof and those who will come in contact with the Youth Court. The City of New Rochelle Youth Court shall work in cooperation with the Westchester County Family Court and the New Rochelle Police Department in an effort to reduce juvenile delinquency in the City of New Rochelle.
The New Rochelle Youth Court shall be organized and constituted as follows:
[Amended 4-19-1994 by Ord. No. 85-1994; 6-20-2006 by Ord. No. 162-2006]
The Executive Board shall be composed of seven members, of whom one shall be appointed by the Mayor and one by each of the other members of Council, for a term of four years. The Executive Director of the New Rochelle Youth Bureau and a police officer assigned by the New Rochelle Police Department shall also be members.
The Executive Board shall be vested with the overall and general supervision of the Youth Court and, in furtherance thereof, shall develop and promulgate a constitution and bylaws.
The Executive Board shall also provide in its constitution for a Steering Committee and an Appeals Board.
The Steering Committee shall consist of five adults and four youths, with the Vice Chairperson of the Executive Board to be the Chairperson of the Steering Committee. The members of the Steering Committee shall be appointed by the Executive Board.
The Steering Committee shall be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Youth Court and Juvenile Jury. The Steering Committee shall develop a handbook for the purpose of guiding Juvenile Jury personnel in procedure; develop and conduct a course of study and training; supervise training; and appoint Juvenile Jury members.
Appeals Board. The Board of Appeals shall be composed of three adults and two youths to be appointed by the Steering Committee pursuant to criteria established by the Executive Board and shall dispose of appeals from the Youth Court pursuant to procedures to be established by the Executive Board.
Juvenile Jury. All members of the Juvenile Jury shall be at least 13 years of age and not older than 18 years and must reside within the City of New Rochelle. Said members shall be appointed by the Steering Committee, pursuant to criteria to be set forth in the rules and regulations of the Steering Committee, for the purpose of staffing all positions required to conduct a proceeding of the Youth Court.