Juvenile Arbitration 

Our Juvenile Arbitration Program began in 1994 as an alternative program for juvenile offenders. It is located in Rock Hill with the Juvenile Division of the Solicitor’s Office.  Juvenile Arbitration offers young people the opportunity to gain awareness that there are consequences to poor choices – without forcing them into the juvenile court system. According to the State Department of Juvenile Justice, 90% of the children who successfully complete the Juvenile Arbitration Program never have another encounter with the juvenile justice system.

The Juvenile Arbitration models the benefits of early intervention for at-risk individuals, the families and the community.

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. Examples of sanctions are:

  • Restitution
  • Jail/College tours
  • Donations to charities
  • Referrals to social service agencies
  • Letters of apology
  • Written reports
  • Educational projects
  • Community service projects
  • Home restriction

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.

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

The Juvenile Arbitration Program recruits volunteer arbitrators all year and holds a yearly training session each spring. If you are interested, please our office at (803) 909-7557.

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