Municipal Court

Municipal Courts of New Jersey

New Jersey Courts

NOTICE

Municipal court sessions are suspended in order to mitigate public exposure to COVID-19. For this period, individuals scheduled to appear before the municipal court to contest a traffic or parking ticket, a minor local ordinance violation, or other matter should instead await notice of a new court date. Defendants may continue to make payments for parking / traffic matters and all payment plans through the municipal court’s online payment website at www.NJMCdirect.com. Filings and payments will also continue to be accepted by mail.

Due to the municipal court building being officially closed, no in-person payments can be accepted at the court window. Defendants may also continue to mail in payments but be advised that court staff may have limited access to the court office to process those payments.

To contact the Stafford Municipal Court office by telephone, please call 609 597 1000 ext. 8540 You may also contact the court office via email at court@staffordnj.gov

For updated information, visit the New Jersey Judiciary’s website at www.njcourts.gov We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.

March 21, 2020 CN 12581


Please note the Stafford Municipal Court does not accept credit / debit cards
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ONLY CASH / CHECK OR MONEY ORDERS ACCEPTED 

  *** The court office is closed to the public indefinitely.  ***
Staff is available by phone or email. Payments can be mailed or placed in an envelope and dropped in the drop box at the municipal building parking lot. Traffic tickets and all payment plans can be paid via the web by visiting
WWW.NJMCDIRECT.COM 
 

***New Online Municipal Court Resolution program launched***

For more information visit the Forms and Resources page.

  

UPCOMING 2020 COURT SESSIONS
Court Sessions are at 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM unless otherwise noted
*Virtual sessions are at 9am and 11:30 am
    
September 24 **Please visit the VIRTUAL COURT page**
October 1, 9, 16, 22, 30 **Please visit the VIRTUAL COURT page**
November 5, 13, 20
December 3, 11, 18

 
   

VIRTUAL COURT INFORMATION
* detailed information on the VIRTUAL COURT page*


When you are scheduled for virtual court you will get an email with the link to join the session. Please read the VIRTUAL COURT GUIDELINES so you know how to join and what to expect prior to your session. In addition, you are required to watch the VIRTUAL COURT OPENING REMARKS. By joining the virtual session, you are certifying that you have watched the opening remarks. 

                                           About the Municipal Court

 
The Municipal Court is a quasi-criminal court of limited jurisdiction that is under the supervision of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).

The judicial staff of the Municipal Court are employees of the Township of Stafford but are governed by the rules of the court as determined by the State of New Jersey Supreme Court
The original jurisdiction of all motor vehicle and criminal complaints is the Municipal Court. The Court hears all non-indictable cases such as disorderly person offenses, township ordinances, SPCA violations, Forest and Parks complaints, Weights and Measures infractions as well as all motor vehicle summonses including DWI violations.

Although the more serious indictable complaints begin in the Municipal Court they are forwarded to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for disposition or remand.

If you receive a ticket / complaint there will be a court date or pay by date indicating when you need to appear. If the ticket says "Court Date" the violation requires a court appearance so you must appear on that date or contact the court if you can not appear. If you have a pay by date the violation does not require a court appearance and payment can be made by mail, in-person or via www.njmcdirect.com.

If you wish to contest the violation you will need to contact the court for a court date so you can get a new court date to appear. When you call the court, you will be asked for your case number; if you don't have the number you can search for that number online by visiting NJ Municipal Court Case Search. In addition to your case number, you will be asked to verify your name, address, phone number and email address. You will be provided a court date and will receive a confirming court notice.

On the day of court you will have the opportunity to speak to the municipal prosecutor. Please note the first appearance is a status conference and the complaining witness / officer may not be present at the hearing. If a plea agreement is reached that information will be provided to the Judge, in which time he will accept your guilty plea and the case will be disposed that same day. If an agreement is not reached, your case will be rescheduled to allow you or the state the opportunity to provide any further documentation needed or to allow you time to consult with an attorney. If you wish to have a trial, the case will be rescheduled to a future date, at which time all parties will be required to appear.
 
If you wish to be represented by an attorney, but are unable to afford to hire your attorney, you can apply for a public defender. Please complete the Financial Questionnaire to Establish Indigency and email or fax to the court. 

For more information about court please read YOUR DAY IN COURT BROCHURE 
   
 
As per Administrative Office of the Court (AOC) rules, audio and video recording of the proceedings (both in-person and virtual) are strictly prohibited. If you would like a copy of the proceeding, please fill out a Judiciary Records Request form and forward same to the court. The form can also be used if you need a disposition of your case.