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City reopens Community Court

Posted: October 2, 2012 6:12 p.m.
Updated: October 2, 2012 6:12 p.m.
 

All rise, the Santa Clarita Community Court is now back in session.

The Community Court reopens today at 4 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

The court was started in 2006 as an initiative that aims to have youth who have committed crimes pay restitution or accomplish community service within the city, rather than traveling to the San Fernando Valley for sentencing and service.

By resolving issues in Santa Clarita Community Court, a defendant can avoid having the crime on his or her record and the city can reap the benefits of assigned community service or fines, according to Heather Sumagaysay, a spokeswoman for the city.

Sumagaysay said the program also helps reduce the case load for the county court system and estimated that more than 280 people completed the program last year.

The Criminal Court portion of the program will begin today with 17 juvenile cases appearing before a judge.

The cases consist of an array of offenses ranging from tobacco use to battery in school.

lmoney@the-signal.com
661-285-5525

 

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