In New Jersey, juvenile courts have exclusive jurisdiction over claims that a child has committed a delinquent act. Juvenile Courts are held in the Superior Court - Family Division.
What is a Delinquent Act?
A delinquent act is an act that would be a crime if committed by an adult. So in New Jersey, any crimes that are indictable or disorderly persons if committed by an adult would be delinquent acts. However, in New Jersey, motor vehicle offenses will be heard in Municipal Court. New Jersey maintains transfer statutes that define when a youth may or must be tried in criminal court, and if convicted, sentenced as an adult. So if a juvenile is charged with delinquent acts, it may be heard in Superior Court Law Division.