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  • NJ A610
  • Permits counties to establish a central municipal drug court.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill permits counties to establish by ordinance a central municipal drug court. This court would have jurisdiction to hear cases arising in the county involving crimes of the fourth degree or disorderly persons offenses or petty disorderly persons offenses related to controlled dangerous substances. Juveniles may be referred by the Presiding Judge of the Family Part of Superior Court for the vicinage in which such a court is established. The bill establishes procedures for the appointment of judges to this drug court. In a county that has established a central municipal drug court, the judge of the central municipal drug court shall be nominated and appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. In those counties having a county executive, the county executive may submit the names of judicial candidates for judge of the central municipal drug court to the Governor. In all other counties, the governing body may submit the names of judicial candidates for judge of the central municipal drug court to the Governor. The bill makes community service or sentencing to a drug treatment program an option in lieu of incarceration. The county or municipal official in charge of the community service program or the director of the drug treatment program shall report to the central municipal drug court any failure of a person subject to a court order to complete either. Upon receipt of such a report, the central municipal drug court may revoke its order and impose any sentence consistent with the original sentence. The bill provides that a county or municipality may employ an attorney-at-law as a prosecutor, under the supervision of the Attorney General or county prosecutor, who may represent the State, county or municipality in any matter within the jurisdiction of the central municipal drug court. The bill also makes provision for representation of indigents.
Judiciary
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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