South African students joined their peers at Seattle Youth Traffic Court and four had the chance to serve on the youth court juries.
The students are from the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students, a Seattle-based nonprofit based at UW that hosts groups of visiting international students for short-term exchanges focused on civic engagement and community service.
Some highlights from the 2017 Conference featuring Rebecca Bradlow from the King Co. Public Defenders Office; Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille Superior Court Juge Reeves ; Tacoma Municipal Court Judge Drew Henke; and Attorneys Josie Wiggs-Martin and Andrea Jarmon.
Youth court aims to educate teens about traffic violations The ticket is not reported to the Department of Licensing, and there are no insurance ramifications.
By Lizz Giordano
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 6:18am
Julia Kozak questions a fellow high school student during a hearing in Bothell Youth Court. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
BOTHELL —Judge Michelle Gehlsen has just a few minutes to emphasize the importance of safe driving skills to teenagers appearing before her with traffic violations.
“Usually the parent just pays the ticket, but how does that change behavior? What did they learn?” said Gehlsen, who works in Bothell Municipal Court. “I didn’t have time to really educate.”
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rather than just paying a fine, Gehlsen wanted a process that would allow offending teenagers time to reflect.
That dilemma led her to establish the Bothell Youth Court wi…