Mayor Ted R. Green and East Orange Police Chief Phyllis Bindi would like to remind East Orange residents, according to a long-standing ordinance, that all minors under 17 years of age are not allowed to be in any public place or establishment in the City of East Orange between 11PM and 5:30AM. Established in 1997, this curfew is enforced year-round.

“With summer in full swing, we want to remind our young people and their guardians that our city has a long-standing juvenile curfew,” said Mayor Ted R. Green “Safety continues to be our number one priority, and preventive measures such as a curfews are paramount during the months when school is out.” 

Pursuant to City Code Chapter 127:1-9, minors caught violating the curfew will be taken to East Orange Police Headquarters, located at 15 South Munn Avenue, where their parent or guardian will be contacted to take custody of their child. 

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There are several exceptions to the curfew, including, but not limited to: 1.) When the minor is accompanied by the minor’s parents or guardian 2.) the minor is traveling to and from work 3.) a case of emergency and 4.) the minor is on the sidewalk near his/her residence or neighbor’s residence with permission. 

Penalties

·     For each curfew offense, minors could be required to serve community service with the maximum time being 50 hours and the minimum being 10. Along with community service, the minor’s parent or guardian may be subject to a fine of $100-1,000. The child’s parent or guardian will also have to serve community service with the maximum time being 50 hours and they may be subjected to a fine of $100-1,000.

·       Minors violating curfew twice within a six-month period will receive a summons and a complaint from the officer who apprehended the minor.

·     If the minor has violated curfew three times in a six-month period the minor along with their guardian will receive a summons and a complaint. If the minor violates curfew more than 4 times in 6 months they will be reported to the chief of police or the juvenile authorities where they will file their charges with the Superior Court of New Jersey.

To view the ordinance in full, please visit www.eastorange-nj.gov. For more information, contact EOPD at 973.266.5050 or to report a crime or suspicious activity anonymously, call the TIPS HOTLINE at 973.266.5041.