Birmingham's top lawyer and a city MP are teaming up in a bid to bring new community courts to the city.
David Blundell, chief Crown prosecutor for the West Midlands, and Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood are looking to bring the revolutionary courts to Birmingham by next year.
They believe community courts, which were pioneered in Red Hook, Brooklyn, one of New York's toughest districts, could help transform communities in the city. The pair said they were not prepared to wait years for a pilot court in Liverpool, opened last month, to prove itself.
Mr Blundell said: "There is no doubt it has worked in New York and it could make a difference here.
"Our justice system is good at clearing up the major crimes, such as murder, but it is the smaller crimes - the abandoned cars, the vandalism, the prostitutes, the drug dealing - which make a difference to people's everyday lives. They are harder to clear up. They have been a success in New York, where the circumstances are more challenging, and they could be a success in Birmingham.
"People there have confidence in justice. It has to be worthwhile to bring this to Birmingham."
Mr Mahmood said: "I have already met with Christopher Leslie, the Minister responsible, and have been assured the Government are supportive.
But I am urging the people and the organisations involved in criminal justice to get behind this."
Community courts, run by a full-time judge, offer swift justice for the smaller scale crimes, such as graffiti, vandalism, lesser assaults, flytipping, domestic violence, prostitution and drugs.
The local community is involved and, rather than prison sentences, offenders are ordered to repay their debt to the local community, take part in drug rehabilitation programmes, take mediation, find a job or take employment training.
Any that fail to mend their ways can then be given a harsher sentence when they reappear before the court.
Mr Mahmood said the city could not wait for the outcome of pilot schemes elsewhere.
"The quicker we can deal with these crimes the less chance and time offenders have to fall into more serious crime."