CITY OF ONEIDA
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
BUREAU OF POLICE
Chief of Police
e-mail: Chief Meeker
ONEIDA CITY YOUTH COURT
Director: Investigator Troy Tiller
The Oneida City Youth Court formally convened in May, 1975.
The Youth Court works in conjunction with Oneida City Criminal
Court, Madison County Probation, Madison County Family Court and
the Oneida Police Department.
Juveniles from the ages of 7 to 15 years old may be sent to Youth Court for violating City Ordinance's, Penal Law infractions and misdemeanors, which have occurred in the City of Oneida.
The Juvenile Aid officer will review the case and make a determination as to whether the case will be sent to the Oneida City Youth Court or be transferred to the Madison County Probation Department. Felonies, some misdemeanors, and cases requiring restitution, will be sent to Probation.
The Oneida City Youth Court staff consists of Judges, Prosecuting Attorneys, Defense Attorneys, a Bailiff and a Court Clerk. the aforesaid positions are held by students at the Oneida High School. A member must be at least thirteen years of age and be in good standing with the community and the school. Students wishing to join Youth Court are interviewed by the Youth Court Steering Committee.
When a juvenile is sent to Youth Court, a plea of guilty or not guilty is entered. If a plea of guilty is entered, the case will continue. If a plea of not guilty is entered, then a trial date is set. When the case continues, the Judge will hear the Prosecution and the defense. The Judge will speak to the juvenile defendant and impose or not impose a sentence of community service. Community service hours are normally completed at the juveniles school.
When a case goes to trial, the judge conducts the trial in the following manner: The Judge will call for motions to be made. Then the prosecution offers evidence and may call relevant witnesses. The opposing attorney may cross examine witnesses or may object to evidence being entered. The prosecution will then close its case.
The defense will call its witnesses and enter evidence. The prosecution may cross examine or object to evidence being entered. The defense will then close its case. At that point the prosecution presents its closing statements, which is followed by the defenses closing statements. Finally, the Judge arrives at and explains the decision. The judge will sentence the defendant if he/she is found guilty.
Students interested in becoming a member of the Youth Court or anyone wishing to know more about the Oneida City Yourth Court, may contact Investigator Troy Tiller at the Oneida Police Department, (315) 363-9111.