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Date: April 2, 2007

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Court System Launches New Youth Website

Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced that the Unified Court System will launch a youth-focused website as part of the Law Day celebration to be held at the Court of Appeals on April 30, 2007. The new educational site is a key part of the court system’s outreach to youth and Judge Kaye’s ongoing effort to improve young people’s access to and knowledge of the justice system.

“In keeping with this year’s Law Day theme, Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy, I am delighted to present this new major Web initiative for and about youth,” said Chief Judge Kaye. “This is an important development in our work to provide young people greater access to the state’s judiciary. The website will help them develop a commitment to civic engagement and a fundamental understanding of their rights and responsibilities within the court system.”

The site will provide information about New York courts, proceedings and laws that involve and affect youth. It will also serve as a clearinghouse for information on statewide and local youth-oriented programs, activities and support resources, both within and outside the court system. These will include mentoring and internship programs, essay and art competitions, the Center for Court Innovation’s Youth Justice Board and Youth Court programs, UCS Public Affairs Office initiatives, the State Office of Children and Family Services’ (OCFS) foster youth-focused “Youth in Progress” initiative, bar association projects like the New York State Bar’s Youth Service Advocate Program being launched on Law Day, upcoming events and more. The site’s content will eventually include information to aid in the creation of new youth programs, such as reports on the effectiveness of initiatives; information on model programs; tool kits; and suggested practices and policies.

“To ensure that the process of building the website itself is one of empowerment for youth, we will meet with young people throughout April to gather their advice and input about the site's content, structure and accessibility,” said Chief Judge Kaye. “We believe that this exciting new website will be inspiring, satisfying and rewarding for all concerned. After all, it’s not just the future of our young people, it’s our future too.”

A link to the UCS youth website will be at www.nycourts.gov/whatsnew on April 30, 2007.

Web page updated: April 2, 2007