The Tonawanda Youth Court was established in the City of Tonawanda in
1984 and is under the guidance of Lieutenant David Ray. The court
is comprised of Tonawanda students from the 9th to 12th grades. Students
advance from bailiffs to judges during their tenure on the Court. Cases are
handle on an individual basis as a diversion from Family Court. They handle
cases ranging from simple trespass to non-violent felony. Youth
Court is supervised by a steering committee made up of three members from
each class. Professional Judges and attorneys from the area are and have
been consultants to improve the quality of the Youth Court. This is a
cooperative effort between the City and the City of Tonawanda Schools. Mr.
Brian Colegrove is the school advisor for the group. Each student receives
two credits towards their diploma for graduation. The Tonawanda Youth Court
has been a model for other courts throughout the United States, ex. Buffalo,
NY; Anchorage, Alaska; Mesilla, New Mexico; Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota.
National Youth Court Center