The Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden Vicinage, seeks youth volunteers from Camden County between the ages of 14 and 18 to serve on one of 11 Juvenile Conference Committees (JCC).
A committee is composed of six to nine citizen volunteers appointed by a family division judge to hear and decide matters involving juvenile offenses. Young people play a valuable role in the juvenile justice process as volunteers on these committees, which act as a community-based arm of the family court.
The committees meet monthly for approximately two hours in Camden County municipalities. The juvenile, parent(s), or guardian(s) and complainant are invited to discuss the offense and related matters with the committee in a confidential setting. After considering the information presented, the committee makes recommendations to the judge for a resolution that fosters the juvenile’s rehabilitation.
Parental consent is required for youth volunteers under the age of 18. All applicants are subject to a juvenile record check. Mandatory training provided by the Camden Vicinage must be completed prior to volunteer service. Youth volunteers could be eligible for community service credit hours based upon approval from their high school.
For more information about the program and application process in Camden County, contact Sheryl Monroe, JCC coordinator, at 856-379-2200 ext. 3661, or at Sheryl.Monroe@judiciary.state.nj.us or by regular mail at the Camden Vicinage, Hall of Justice – 2nd Floor, 101 S. 5th St., Camden, N.J., 08103-4001