[HISTORY: 1984 Code §§ 50-1—50-4 as amended through December 31, 2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A person, other than a parent, to whom legal custody of the juvenile has been given by court order or who is acting in the place of the parent or is responsible for the care and welfare of the juvenile.
- An individual who is under the age of 18 years.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any place to which the public has access, including but not limited to a public street, road, thoroughfare, sidewalk, bridge, alley, plaza, park, recreation or shopping area, public transportation facility, vehicle used for public transportation, parking lot or any other public building, structure or area.
It shall be unlawful for a juvenile to be on any public street or in a public place between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. unless accompanied by the juvenile's parent or guardian or unless engaged in, or traveling to or from a business or occupation which the laws of this state authorize a juvenile to perform. It shall further be unlawful for any parent or guardian to allow an unaccompanied juvenile to be on any public street or in any public place during those hours.
The curfew shall not apply to the following:
Errands involving medical emergencies.
Attending school activities.
Attending activities sponsored by religious or community-based organizations.
Attendance at other cultural, educational and social events after 11:00 p.m. and before 6:00 a.m.
When the juvenile is exercising first amendment rights protected by the United States and New Jersey Constitutions such as the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech and the right of assembly. (N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.52)
Violators of this chapter shall be required to perform community service and may be subject to a fine of up to $1,000. If both a juvenile and a juvenile's parent or guardian violate this chapter, they shall be required to perform community service together.