Juvenile Conference Committees (JCCs) are six to nine member panels of trained citizen volunteers who hear the cases of minor juvenile offenders. Recommendations, if approved by the judge, become a court order which is monitored by the Juvenile Conference Committee.
The concept of Juvenile Conference Committees dates back to 1948, while the establishment of Juvenile Conference Committees began in New Jersey in the early 1950s. Juvenile Conference Committees are authorized under N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-75 and R. 5:25.
During court year 2011, 7183 complaints were diverted to Juvenile Conference Committees. This represents 16.8% of the total juvenile delinquency caseload statewide. .
Juvenile Conference Committees represent a partnership between the Judiciary and the citizenry of New Jersey to provide expanded services to youth at risk. The program provides the opportunity for focused intervention for youth and families within the community of residence. This volunteer program not only saves judge time, it helps build the collaboration between the court and the community that is necessary to respond effectively to juvenile delinquency.