A: In NJ, criminal offenses in which the suspect is under the age of 18 are heard in the Juvenile Part. The determinative date for purposes of determining jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court is the date of the incident and the suspect’s age at that time. In other words, offenses committed by suspects under the age of 18 on the date of the offense are heard in the Juvenile court. Children over the age of 18 can therefore be found in New Jersey’s Juvenile Court where they are involved in a case which arose prior to their 18th birthday but it did not actually get to Court until they reached 18 years of age.
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