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Criteria to Accept a Case
All members of the commission must be aware of the confidential relationship between the court, juvenile and the commission. Everyone must understand that the juvenile and victim are not to become the subject of discussion in any public place or place of business. It is important to comply with confidentiality to maintain the dignity and integrity of the commission. Breach of this agreement will be cause for immediate removal from the youth commission.

The jurisdiction of the youth commission will be confined to summary offenses, criminal charges not involving force, and dependent charges filed by parents or school districts.
Receiving Complaints
The Westmoreland County Juvenile Probation Department may refer any case to the commission once it has been reviewed.  All charges filed by the police, not of a summary level, must initially be referred to the Juvenile Probation Department.  Police are not to refer directly to the youth commission.  All parties must agree, however, that the case be handled through the Youth Commission.
The local Magisterial District Judge is the only direct referral source to the youth commissions.

Criteria to Accept a Case
  1. Juvenile must be between the ages of 10-17 when offense occurred.
  2. Juvenile must accept responsibility for their actions.
  3. All parties must agree that the case be handled through the youth commission.
  4. Juvenile and parents must agree to cooperate with the youth commission.