Office of Juvenile Services
Cases involving juvenile defendants in New Jersey have special rules
and challenges, such as the proceedings typically being closed to
the public. To better coordinate juvenile representation throughout
the state, the Office of Juvenile Services oversees the planning,
policy and training related to those cases.
A study commissioned in 1999 to determine what steps could be taken
to help young offenders avoid further contacts with the system found
the need for a stronger social-service component in the NJOPD's
representation of juveniles. That has led to the use of some social
workers as a complement to the work of attorneys in juvenile cases.
In addition, the Office of Juvenile Services was
established to coordinate further efforts aimed at improving the NJOPD's representation of
juveniles. As a central information clearinghouse, the office helps juvenile
attorneys statewide share valuable information and training strategies.
The Office of Juvenile Services is overseen by Assistant Public Defender
The office is headquartered in the Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton.