Youth Advocate acts as a representative for interest of the respondent. During that process, the youth advocate seeks to get info that helps respondent's case and advocate for service's that will benefit him/her.
Prepare and Deliver opening statements that positively represents respondent. After jury finishes questioning, asks respondent questions to draw out clarifications/additional info about his/her efforts to be accountable for the incident, his/her positive qualities and what he/she has learned from experience.
Conduct a pre-hearing interview with respondent to obtain info about respondent's offense, family background, hobbies, and interests academic interests, grades,and employments. They explain to the respondent what will happen before, during, and after hearing.
They also prepare and deliver a closing statement that emphasizes an statements that are made by the respondent that demonstrate remorse and/or personal responsibility and that highlights the respondent's strengths.
They also have to ensure that the respondent feels respected and listened to during hearing. For example object to biased questions, ask for recess if respondent gets upset, and ask follow-up questions that highlight the respondent's strengths and positive qualities
The Youth Advocate has to make sure they Check hearing docket for court role, Conduct pre-hearing interview, prepare and opening statement for the case, Deliver opening argument to the court, Keep good notes that chronicle the case, Ask respondent questions to clarify or add new testimony to the court, Deliver closing statement to the jury and they also have to make sure they Remain seated during jury deliberation