[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Freehold 12-23-1974 (§ 6-13 of the Revised General Ordinances), as amended through Ord. No. O-84-10. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Committee does significantly find that far too many minors are contributing breaches of the public peace, which in significant part is occasioned by a lack of responsibility on the part of the parents of the minors. Although the existing statutes do afford a means to alert parents to their responsibilities to both the minor and society in general, it is considered the opinion and legislative judgment of the Committee that further legislation is necessary to encourage greater parental concern and responsibility and to fill the void where traditional parental control is inadequate. This chapter, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:48-1, is intended to fill this void.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any person under the age of 18 years.
- Includes either or both parents of a minor, the legal guardians of such minor or any other person having the care or custody of the minor committing the violation of the public peace. However, the term "parent" shall not apply to parents, legal guardians or other persons whose custody and control over such minor has been removed by court order, degree or judgment or the military service or marriage of such minor.
[Amended 11-25-2003 by Ord. No. O-03-27]
Whenever a minor residing within the Township of Freehold shall have been adjudged a "delinquent" within the definition of N.J.S.A. 2A:4-44 or shall have been adjudged a "juvenile in need of supervision" within the definition of N.J.S.A. 2A:4-45 or whenever a minor, regardless of residency, shall have been referred to the Adjustment Subcommittee of the Freehold Township Youth Guidance Council by a Judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, by the police, by a school official, by any other agency concerned with youth problems, or by other interested persons as a result of conduct alleged to have taken place within the Township, the parent of such minor shall appear with the juvenile and cooperate fully with the programs, policies and instructions of the Adjustment Subcommittee.
The parent of any minor referred to the Adjustment Subcommittee of the Freehold Township Youth Guidance Council shall be deemed in violation of this chapter whenever such parent shall fail, without reasonable excuse for such failure, to comply with the programs, instructions or directions relating to the parent as prescribed by the Adjustment Subcommittee.
The remedy provision of this chapter shall not be exclusive, and the state or any other person shall have the right to proceed under any other legally available remedies.