Municipal Court Services

Municipal Court Services develops and implements policies and best practices to support New Jersey's municipal courts. 

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Visit our Self-Help Center if you're representing yourself in court.

Contact Information

Steven Somogyi, Assistant Director, Municipal Court Services Division
609-815-2900 ext. 54850

The following NJ statewide directories are available: 

Online Tools

Municipal Court Services offers several online tools to help court users.

NJMCDirect can be used to pay traffic tickets or time payments, enter a not guilty plea, and request a new court date.

The eCDR/Probable Cause application allows NJ judges, court staff, and law enforcement to file and process cases where probable cause is required before filing.

The Violations Bureau Schedule shows payable amounts for common traffic violations where a court appearance isn't required.

Refer to the Recently Enacted Laws Concerning the Municipal Courts for legislation affecting NJ municipal courts. 

A collection of Municipal Court Case Law dating back to 1964 is also available.

Forms

Find the forms used most often in NJ Municipal Court

Information for Litigants

NJ municipal courts resolve almost 6 million cases each year. If you have an upcoming court date, there are several ways that you can prepare.

At the beginning of the court session, the municipal judge will give an opening statement that will explain what will happen during the proceeding. Watch this video of a typical opening statement to better plan for your court proceeding. The video is also available in:

Watch this video to learn how to participate online (and the dos/don'ts) if your municipal court proceeding will be held remotely.

Review the Your Day in Municipal Court brochure and the ways that court staff can(not) help litigants in court.

If you are facing certain more serious charges, you might qualify for a public defender. Refer to the Indigency Income Guidelines below: 

Household Size One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight

Annual Gross
Income

$15,950 $21,550 $27,150 $32,750 $38,350 $43,950 $49,550 $55,150
Monthly Gross
Income
$1,329.17 $1,795.83 $2,262.50 $2,729.17 $3,195.83 $3,662.50 $4,129.17 $4,595.83
Weekly Gross
Income
$306.73 $414.42 $522.12 $629.81 $737.50 $845.19 $952.88 $1,060.58

If you meet the guidelines. you can complete the Financial Questionnaire to Establish Indigency. The questionnaire is also available in

You can download the NJ Municipal Courts mobile app for a convenient way to access municipal court services.

Check the unscheduled municipal court closings before you leave for court. They'll tell you if the court session was cancelled for bad weather or some other issue.

Municipal Court Administration

Look for job openings in the NJ municipal courts. Review Court Rule 1:34-3 and N.J. Statute 2B:12-11 for information about the municipal court administrator hiring process.

Review the Municipal Court Consolidation Plan to learn more about how municipalities can save money by consolidating their court services.

The Supreme Court Procedures Governing the Private Collection of Municipal Court Debt guides when and how municipal courts can send outstanding municipal court debts to private collection agencies after all other enforcement remedies have been exhausted.

Municipal Court Judges

Attorneys who are NJ residents and have practiced law for at least 5 years may be appointed to three-year terms as municipal court judges by the mayor, with the advice and consent of the council, or in some cases the governing body. In joint municipal courts, which are courts serving more than one municipality, the appointment is made by the NJ Governor with the advice and consent of the State Senate.

NJ municipal court judges don't have tenure and aren't subject to a mandatory retirement age, characteristics which distinguish them from other Judges in the Judiciary. Many of NJ municipal court judges serve only part-time and, thus, are able to maintain private law practices, subject to the Rules of Court.

Municipal Court Administrators

All NJ municipal court leaders must take training and pass tests covering municipal court procedures and management. These leaders include administrators, deputy administrators, and directors. The training helps make sure that NJ municipal court leaders are qualified, professional, and held to the highest ethical standards. The training is overseen by the Municipal Court Administrator Certification Board.

Board members include:

  • Assignment Judge Stuart A. Minkowitz, Chair
  • Assistant Director Steven A. Somogyi, Vice-Chair
  • Presiding Judge Brenda Coppola Cuba
  • Trial Court Administrator Adriana Calderon
  • Municipal Division Manager Ashley Wolk
  • Certified Municipal Court Administrators - Christina LaLena, Walter Mollineaux, Claudia Snatos, Danielle Trancho, and Carol Jenkins (MCAANJ designee)

Send questions to  jucert.mbx@njcourts.gov

Upcoming 2023 testing dates for the Municipal Court Administrator Certification Program.

Upcoming 2022 testing dates for the Municipal Court Administrator Certification Program.

All examinees must be confirmed in advance.

Written Exam Dates: Oral Exam Dates:
May 20, 2022 June 10, 2022
Nov. 18, 2022 Dec. 16, 2022
   

Fees:

(First-time applicants): $25 application fee plus $75 examination fee
(Oral/Written Exam Re-takers): $25 re-examination fee