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The Family Court / Court Process

The Family Court is required to hold hearings for juveniles charged as delinquents, with specific mandated time limitations, particularly regarding juveniles held in secure detention. (N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-38). An initial detention hearing is to be held within 24 hours of admission. At the hearing, the juvenile will be told what the charges are and whether or not an attorney will be required. The charges are listed on the complaint. At the end of this hearing, the court will make the first decision about releasing or detaining the juvenile. A parent or guardian is expected to be present at all hearings involving the child.

What options are available to the court as far as the handling of the case?


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