Office of Juvenile Services
Director of 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 Director of the Office of Juvenile Services is Cynthia
Samuels, a veteran of the NJOPD who has specialized in juvenile
cases and who serves on numerous committees dealing with the juvenile
The office is headquartered in the Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton.