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JUVENILE FAMILY COURT
During processing or prior to a formal disposition, the juvenile may be held in a detention facility. A secure facility will be deemed necessary if it is determined to be in the best interests of the youth or the community. Once at the detention facility, a detention hearing will be held by the court, within 24 hours, to determine if continued detention is warranted and appropriate.
Secure juvenile detention is the temporary placement of juveniles charged with a delinquent act, in a locked facility, prior to the disposition of their case. New Jersey law mandates that the court can detain juveniles only if they are considered a danger to the community or if they are deemed a risk not to appear in court. (N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-34). In addition, some juveniles are detained post-disposition while awaiting program placement.
What happens at the intial detention hearing?