A youth court refers to a voluntary alternative to the criminal justice system for young people who have committed a crime or an offense. A youth court consists of either three lay magistrates or a single district judge. Youth court proceedings are not open to the general public and are more informal than in the ordinary magistrates' court for adult offenders. Youth court hearings can be heard in locations other than other court buildings. A youth court intervenes in early anti-social, delinquent, and criminal behavior, and reduces the incidence and prevent the escalation of such behavior. The court promote feelings of self-esteem, a desire for self improvement, and a healthy attitude toward rules and authority.