ASSEMBLY, No. 2744







By Assemblywoman FRISCIA and Assemblyman GARCIA



An Act concerning unauthorized absences from school and amending P.L.1982, c.77.


    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


    1. Section 27 of P.L.1982, c.77 (C.2A:4A-46) is amended to read as follows:

    27. Disposition of juvenile-family crisis. a. The court may order any disposition in a juvenile-family crisis provided for in paragraphs (2), (4), (5), (6), (7) and (13) of subsection b. of section 24 of P.L.1982, c.77 (C.2A:4A-43) or other disposition specifically provided for in P.L.1982, c.80 (C.2A:4A-76 et seq.).

    b. No juvenile involved in a juvenile-family crisis shall be committed to or placed in any institution or facility established for the care of delinquent children or in any facility, other than an institution for the mentally retarded, a mental hospital or facility for the care of persons addicted to controlled dangerous substances, which physically restricts such juvenile committed to or placed in it.

    c. In addition to the dispositions set forth in subsection a. of this section, the court may order the disposition provided for in paragraph (10) of subsection b. of section 24 of P.L.1982, c.77 (C.2A:4A-43) in a juvenile-family crisis in which there is a pattern of repeated unauthorized absences from school by a juvenile subject to the compulsory education provision of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

(cf: P.L.1995, c.280, s.14)


    2. This act shall take effect immediately.




    This bill amends the "New Jersey Code of Juvenile Justice," P.L.1982, c.77 (C.2A:4A-20 et seq.) to permit the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part to require a juvenile who demonstrates a pattern of repeated unauthorized absences from school to perform community service, which is a disposition set forth in section 24 of P.L.1982, c.77 (C.2A:4A-43). This section requires that the community service be reasonable in terms of nature and duration.




Permits court to require community service of juvenile with repeated unauthorized absences from school.