Unlike the adult criminal justice system, all juvenile cases will be heard in the county where the child resides, regardless of where the incident took place. However, if the case involves multiple co-defendants and they reside in different counties, then the county where the incident occurred will have jurisdiction over the case.
We have different levels of juvenile court in New Jersey. The specific offense and the juvenile’s criminal history will play a major role in determining what type of preceding the child receives. The potential options include: