New Jersey Revised Statutes § 30:4-27.26 - Definitions Relative To Sexually Violent Predators

30:4-27.26. Definitions relative to sexually violent predators
3.As used in this act:

"Agency with jurisdiction" means the agency which releases upon lawful order or authority a person who is serving a sentence or term of confinement, or is otherwise being detained or maintained in custody. This term includes the Department of Corrections or a county correctional facility, the Juvenile Justice Commission or a county juvenile detention facility, and the Department of Human Services."Attorney General" means the Attorney General or a county prosecutor to whom the Attorney General has delegated authority under this act.

"Clinical certificate for a sexually violent predator" means a form prepared by the Division of Mental Health Services in the Department of Human Services and approved by the Administrative Office of the Courts, that is completed by the psychiatrist or other physician who has examined the person who is subject to commitment within three days of presenting the person for admission to a facility for treatment, and which states that the person is a sexually violent predator in need of involuntary commitment. The form shall also state the specific facts upon which the examining physician has based that conclusion and shall be certified in accordance with the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey. A clinical certificate for a sexually violent predator may not be executed by an individual who is a relative by blood or marriage to the person who is being examined.

"Likely to engage in acts of sexual violence" means the propensity of a person to commit acts of sexual violence is of such a degree as to pose a threat to the health and safety of others.

"Mental abnormality" means a mental condition that affects a person's emotional, cognitive or volitional capacity in a manner that predisposes that person to commit acts of sexual violence.

"Person" means an individual 18 years of age or older who is a potential or actual subject of proceedings under this act.

"Psychiatrist" means a physician who has completed the training requirements of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

"Sexually violent offense" means:

(a)aggravated sexual assault; sexual assault; aggravated criminal sexual contact; kidnapping pursuant to subparagraph (b) of paragraph (2) of subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:13-1; criminal sexual contact; felony murder pursuant to paragraph (3) of N.J.S.2C:11-3 if the underlying crime is sexual assault; an attempt to commit any of these enumerated offenses; or a criminal offense with substantially the same elements as any offense enumerated above, entered or imposed under the laws of the United States, this State or another state; or

(b)any offense for which the court makes a specific finding on the record that, based on the circumstances of the case, the person's offense should be considered a sexually violent offense.

"Sexually violent predator" means a person who has been convicted, adjudicated delinquent or found not guilty by reason of insanity for commission of a sexually violent offense, or has been charged with a sexually violent offense but found to be incompetent to stand trial, and suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in acts of sexual violence if not confined in a secure facility for control, care and treatment.

"Treatment team" means the individuals, agencies or firms which provide treatment, supervision or other services at a facility designated for the custody, care and treatment of sexually violent predators.

L.1998, c.71, s.3.

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