Juvenile Unit Section Chief Tim Chatten

Tim Chatten graduated Valedictorian from Stockton State College in 1995. While attending college, he served as a Class II Special Police Officer. Chatten then attended Rutgers School of Law – Camden, where he continued his public service efforts through various volunteer projects and outreach to at-risk children. Upon graduating from law school in 1998, Chatten served as a judicial law clerk in the Family Part of the Superior Court. Thereafter, Chatten served as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in the Domestic Violence and Juvenile Units.

In 2001, Chatten joined the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, immediately trying jury cases as a member of the Trial Team Unit. In 2005, Chatten transferred to the Juvenile Unit as the Senior Trial Attorney. While prosecuting all high profile and complex juvenile cases, Mr. Chatten also continued to prosecute adult homicide cases. In 2007, he was appointed Deputy Section Chief of the Juvenile Unit and in 2009, was appointed Section Chief of the Juvenile Unit. Since 2009, Chatten has led the Juvenile Unit in the implementation of progressive strategies and polices to ensure equity, fairness and justice in the juvenile justice system.

Due to his extensive experience and expertise, Chatten is routinely invited to lecture at national, state and local conferences. He has lectured on topics ranging from “Use of Discretion in the Juvenile Process” and “Juvenile Diversionary Processes and Stationhouse Adjustments” to “The Prosecution of Juvenile Sex Offenders,” an alternative method of prosecution he developed.

Most recently, Chatten re-drafted the comprehensive Juvenile Statement of Rights form for Camden County and the Guidelines for such. While serving as an instructor with the Camden County College Police Academy for over seventeen (17) years, Chatten has taught Courtroom Testimony, Juvenile Law, Narcotics, Weapons, Alcohol Beverage Control and Emergency Vehicle Operations. In addition, Chatten has served on the Statewide Subcommittee on Access to Treatment in the Juvenile Justice System since 2012.

Recognizing the innovative and progressive nature of the programs created and implemented by Chatten, in 2015, he was a Rutgers Law School – Camden Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award nominee and in 2016, was the recipient of a Rutgers – Camden Chancellor’s Award for Civic Engagement. In 2010, Chatten was recognized by the Camden County Board of Freeholders with the distinguished Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal for his volunteer work in the community. That same year he was also the recipient of the Chief of Staff Bernard E. Gallagher Memorial Award for his longstanding dedication to the training of members of law enforcement.

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