Municipal Court

Municipal Courts of New Jersey

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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 and traffic matters through the municipal court’s online payment website at 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

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

March 21, 2020 CN 12581

  1. Damian G. Murray


  2. Carol Jenkins

    Court Administrator, CMCA

  3. Cindy Gaskill

    Deputy Court Administrator

Please note the Stafford Municipal Court does not accept credit / debit cards.

  *** The court office will be 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 can be paid via the web by visiting


Court Sessions are at 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM unless otherwise noted
June 4, 12, 19, 25
July 10, 17, 23, 31
August 6, 14, 21, 27
September 3, 11, 18, 24
October 1, 9, 16, 30
November 5, 13, 20
December 3, 11, 18

  ***If you have an upcoming court date and are concerned about appearing in court due to COVID 19; please complete this Virtual Court Request form or Plea By Mail form and email them to or fax to 609-242-8253.


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. 

For more information about court please read YOUR DAY IN COURT BROCHURE 

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. 

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, you can 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.

                                                                               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.