York's Arbitration

Juvenile Arbitration

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  • Interested In Helping Our Youth?

There are many different ways you can help:

  • Volunteer as an arbitrator
  • Supervise community service
  • Donations to charities
  • Donate incentives
  • And many more

York County currently has 20 volunteer arbitrators. These volunteers handled 321 cases in the fiscal year 2020-21. The Juvenile Arbitration Program recruits volunteer arbitrators all year and holds a yearly training session each spring. If you are interested, please contact Sharon Oates at 909-7557.

How Does Arbitration Work?

The Juvenile Arbitration Program targets first-time offenders who have committed non-violent crimes. The program has been designed to divert these juveniles away from the court system and place them into a community-based setting. The juveniles must attend an informal hearing where a volunteer arbitrator (an average trained citizen) holds a hearing. At the hearing, the juvenile comes face to face with the victim, arresting officer, and his/her parents. Once the juvenile is willing to admit his or her guilt to the crime, a process of sanctioning begins. Sanctions are tasks that are placed upon the juvenile by the volunteer arbitrator with the assistance of the victim, officer, and the juvenile’s parents. The juvenile has 90 days to complete the sanctions. If the juvenile completes sanctions within the 90 days, the case is successfully closed and the juvenile is never required to attend family court.

Solicitor Kevin Brackett is committed to doing everything in his power to try and turn these kids around before a series of these decisions leads them to our adult criminal courts. Through Juvenile Arbitration young people are made aware that there are consequences to poor choices without being forced into the juvenile court system. According to the State Department of Juvenile Justice less than 10% of the kids who go through the arbitration process wind up committing an additional crime. This demonstrates how early intervention benefits the community, family, and at risk individuals.


Community arbitration is a cost effective method that allows the community to become involved in the Juvenile Justice System. It allows juvenile offenders the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions and clear their records in the form of: