While all members of the Youth Court were honored with a certificate or pin, Jeff Burton, this year's Youth Court president, received a special honor. He was one of 37 young people named to the National Youth Court Hall of Fame for 2005. Only one other individual from Utah was selected.
Youth Court is a program nationally established to allow youth offenders with no prior history to appear before their peers to be sentenced for misdemeanor crimes. Youth Court has been active in Layton for eight years. Since that time, the young people involved have invested 21,632 volunteer hours in the community and spent more than 2,700 hours in training according to Layton Youth Court coordinator Karlene Peart. Layton's Youth Court recently received the "Big Friend" award for its work with the local Head Start program. The court received a cash award of $500. "It has just been a positive experience," said Stevenson.
Next year, Layton will host the annual Youth Court Conference in the Davis Con-ference Center.