[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Maplewood 1-17-2006 by Ord. No. 2333-06; amended in its entirety 2-7-2006 by Ord. No. 2336-06. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Maplewood Township Committee finds and declares that the uncontrolled and unsupervised activities of minor persons within the Township of Maplewood are detrimental to the maintenance of public safety and contrary to the general welfare. It is further found and declared that parental responsibility for the proper control and supervision of minor children is essential to effective law enforcement within the Township.
The following word meanings shall apply herein:
- Any unemancipated person under the age of 18 years.
- Includes either or both natural parents of a minor, the legal guardians of the minor or any other adult persons who have voluntarily or otherwise assumed the responsibilities of a natural parent with respect to custody, care and control of the minor. For the purposes of the enforcement of this chapter, the term "parent" shall not apply to natural parents, legal guardians or other persons whose responsibility for the custody and control of the minor has been transferred to another person or otherwise terminated by court order or by the emancipation of the minor by marriage, military service or other circumstances. Persons claiming the benefit of any such termination or transfer of responsibilities shall bear the burden of establishing the same in any proceedings hereunder.
- VIOLATION OF THE PUBLIC PEACE
- Any violation of the statutes of New Jersey or the ordinances of the Township of Maplewood, including but not limited to any of the following acts: defacing, damaging or destroying public property or the private property of another within the Township of Maplewood; or committing an assault or assault and battery upon another in the Township of Maplewood; robbery, stealing or larceny including shoplifting; knowingly receiving stolen property; violation of any existing loitering or curfew laws of the Township; or breaking and entering or entering without breaking into the property of another with the intent to steal; or threatening another with the intent of extorting money or anything of value; or possession or use of a controlled dangerous substance, as same shall be defined under N.J.S.A. 24:21-1 et seq., or juvenile delinquency based upon any of the above offenses.
[Amended 1-16-2007 by Ord. No. 2381-07]
It is prohibited for any parent to assist, aid, abet, allow, permit, suffer or encourage a minor to commit a violation of the public peace, as defined herein, either by overt act, by failure to act or by lack of supervision and control over the minor. Whenever a minor shall be taken into custody or detained for the commission of any such violation of the public peace, within the Township of Maplewood, the parents of such minor shall be immediately notified by the Police Department of such custody or detention and the reasons therefor and for the responsibility of the parents under this chapter and should be advised of the availability of counseling services.
In addition to those procedures established as a deterrent to juvenile acts of vandalism and to parental neglect of child supervision pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A:53A-14, if there has been such notification, two subsequent violations of the public peace by the same minor within a one-hundred-eighty-day period, the parent of the minor shall be responsible to make financial reimbursement to the victim for any damages suffered by the victim.
The Court shall determine the amount of restitution to be made within a prescribed period, not to exceed 30 days.
[Amended 1-16-2007 by Ord. No. 2381-07]
Any person who fails to comply with an order for restitution as hereinabove set forth shall be deemed in violation of this chapter and shall be in contempt of court and subject to a fine of not more than $1,000.