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New Jersey Judiciary Improves Service with Central Registry of Juvenile Cases

The New Jersey Judiciary's Juvenile Central Registry now is available to law enforcement statewide, today announced John P. McCarthy Jr., director of trial court services.

The Judiciary today activated a Juvenile Central Registry for use by law enforcement agencies across the state. The information in the on-line registry includes records of official court documents, such as complaints, pleadings and orders for the purpose of obtaining juvenile arrest information; juvenile disposition information; juvenile pretrial information; and information concerning the probation status of a juvenile. Access to the information in the registry will help law enforcement conduct investigations and make better decisions when detaining or charging juveniles for juvenile offenses, and result in more appropriate outcomes for juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system. Access was made possible through an amendment to N.J.S.A. 2A: 4A-60, which pertains to the confidentiality of juvenile court records.

"The Juvenile Central Registry is yet another example of technology being harnessed to provide better service to the public. In this case, expanded access for law enforcement to the central registry will benefit the juveniles they apprehend," said Mr. McCarthy.

The Juvenile Central Registry is part of the Judiciary's Family Automated Case Tracking System (FACTS), which contains information on all Family Division cases, including divorce, child support, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption, and other disputes involving families and children. This system also houses the Domestic Violence Central Registry, which also is accessible to state and local law enforcement on a 24-hour basis.

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