Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Eliminate Certain Juvenile Justice Fines, Fees, and Costs

Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation (S-3319/A-5507) into law that eliminates certain juvenile justice fines, fees, costs and other monetary penalties. The legislation acts to improve the juvenile justice system by eliminating unnecessary costs, according to a press release from the Governor’s office.

“Eliminating these fees will contribute toward breaking the cycle of poverty that often stems from historically biased institutions,” Murphy said. “The imposition of fines and fees on justice-involved youth often falls disproportionately on minority and low-income families. I am proud to sign legislation that will further the rehabilitation goals of the juvenile justice system and make New Jersey stronger and fairer for everyone.”

The law prohibits a warrant from being issued for a juvenile defendant or the parents or guardian of a juvenile defendant for failure to pay certain statutorily imposed assessments, probation fees and other court imposed financial obligations, restitution or child support, according to the press release.