Youth Court

Our mission is using restorative and strength-based practices to empower students to be their best in school and beyond.

Our vision is for every student to reach their full potential.

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The San Bernardino Restorative Youth Court (SBRYC) is the first program of its kind in the city of San Bernardino. SBRYC is a community response to student misconduct. Its primary aim is to hold the offender (known as the respondent) accountable for his/her actions within a positive social network of support. The youth court format we have adopted is the adult judge model. Put simply, the court is facilitated by an adult judge and driven by student jurors, clerks, and bailiffs. Positive peer pressure is leveraged to increase the respondent's awareness of the impact his/her actions have had on the community. The heart and soul of SBRYC
is about kids helping kids and fostering positive youth identity.

Currently, SBRYC meets approximately once a week in the Green Room at our Adult Education building from 4-7. Up to three cases are scheduled each court date and take 45 minutes to 1 hour to adjudicate. Our judge volunteers are District Attorneys, Public Defenders, Private Attorneys, and Law Enforcement officials. Our students are volunteers from all of our high schools and previous respondents.

Our respondents are primarily from expulsion recommendations but also may be referred by a school site. Respondents who successfully complete their Youth Court Plan of Rehabilitation will receive a recommendation to terminate their expulsion. Respondents may not have previous expulsions or criminal record.

The jurors, under the direction of the judge, question the respondent about their actions. The questions are restorative in nature and designed to show the respondents the impact of their wrongdoing. From the answers, the jury deliberates and develops a disposition plan to help the respondent be accountable for their actions, make amends and reintegrate. The respondent meets with a Youth Court official to review the disposition/rehabilitation plan.

The respondent is closely monitored by a Hearing Panel Case Manager. They will meet with them at their school site and at Youth Services to assist and ensure the plan of rehabilitation is successfully completed and to monitor school reintegration.

Youth Court brings a variety of opportunities to students- both respondents and volunteers. It gives them a sense of community, leadership skills, and learning opportunities.

The San Bernardino Restorative Youth Court:

  • Provides an alternative to suspension, expulsion, and police citation.
  • Builds on a student's strengths and increases student competency.
  • Gives students an opportunity for community service, leadership and career development.
  • Creates an awareness  for students of the impact their actions have on others in their school and community.
  • Utilizes district and community resources to build student capacity rather than punishment.

For more information about Youth Courts in California, visit:


Mikki Cichocki
Program Facilitator

Elba Alvarez
Bilingual Sec. I

Christy Domenack
Bilingual Clerk I

777 North F Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410 | Phone: (909) 381-1100 | Fax:

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