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Atlantic/Cape May Court Offices/Divisions

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Jill Houck, Trial Court Administrator

Ombudsman 609-402-0100 ext. 47230
EEO/AA Officer 609-402-0100 ext. 47240
Resource Center 609-402-0100 ext. 47220

Civil Division 

Most civil cases that are heard in the Superior Court involve disputes in which a plaintiff claims that they have been hurt by the actions of the defendant and seeks monetary compensation. Examples of such cases are those involving automobile accidents, medical malpractice, breaches of contracts and landlord/tenant disputes.

Civil cases in which the amount in controversy is more than $20,000 are heard in the Civil Division of Superior Court. Cases in which the amount in controversy is over $5,000 up to $20,000 are heard in the Special Civil Part of the Civil Division. Those in which the amount in controversy is $5,000 or less are also heard in the Special Civil Part and are known as small claims cases. In all, about 460,000 cases are heard in the Civil Division and Special Civil Part.

Civil cases in which monetary damages are not being sought are heard in the General Equity Division of Superior Court. General Equity judges handle non-jury cases such as those involving trade secrets, labor matters, foreclosures and other disputes in which court relief, often in the form of restraining orders, is sought on an emergency basis.

Natalie A. Williams, Civil Division Manager
609-402-0100 ext. 47591

Atlantic County
Civil Division Main Number 609-402-0100 ext. 47593
General Equity 609-402-0100 ext. 47780
Special Civil 609-402-0100 ext. 47770
Small Claims 609-402-0100 ext. 47760
Landlord/Tenant 609-402-0100 ext. 47760
Law Division Team 1: 609-402-0100 ext. 47780
Team 2: 609-402-0100 ext. 47790
Team 3: 609-402-0100 ext. 47810
Cape May County
Civil Division Main Number 609-402-0100 ext. 47910
General Equity 609-402-0100 ext. 47890
Special Civil 609-402-0100 ext. 47910
Small Claims 609-402-0100 ext. 47910
Landlord/Tenant 609-402-0100 ext. 47910
Law Division 609-402-0100 ext. 47890

Criminal Division 

The Criminal Division is responsible for processing and managing all indictable criminal cases involving adult offenders. In rare instances, juveniles may be waived to adult court based on the severity of the offense. The office handles all pre-adjudicatory functions of the Superior Court, Criminal Division, as well as Post Conviction Motions. Disorderly persons, petty disorderly person’s offenses and motor vehicle violations are normally heard in the Municipal Courts. Typical clients of the Criminal Division would be those:

  • Arrested and charged with a criminal offense;
  • Applying for pretrial intervention (PTI);
  • Convicted of a criminal offense and needing a pre-sentence investigation completed;
  • Having a question under pretrial monitoring;
  • Seeking legal representation by the Office of the Public Defender;
  • Inquiring about a criminal public record;
  • Having questions concerning public access terminals;
  • Appealing a Municipal Court sentence (pro se kit available);
  • Applying for an expungement of a criminal record (pro se kit available); and
  • Applying for recovery court
Jason Wertzberger, Criminal Division Manager
609-402-0100 ext. 47286

Atlantic County
Criminal Division Main Number 609-402-0100 ext. 47310
Criminal Records 609-402-0100 ext. 47320
Expungements 609-402-0100 ext. 47330
Recovery Court 609-402-0100 ext. 47520
Pretrial Services 609-402-0100 ext. 47510
Cape May County
Criminal Division Main Number 609-402-0100 ext. 47530
Criminal Records 609-402-0100 ext. 47530
Expungements 609-402-0100 ext. 47851
Recovery Court 609-402-0100 ext. 47540
Pretrial Services 609-402-0100 ext. 47270

Family Division

Family Court is responsible to hear all actions in which the principal claim is unique to and arises out of a family or family type relationship. Family Court has jurisdiction over matters involving divorce, child support, paternity, custody, parenting time, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, family crisis, foster care placement, kinship legal guardianship, abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights and adoption.

John Thomas, Family Division Manager
609-402-0100 ext. 47467

Atlantic County
Family Division Main Number 609-402-0100 ext. 47467
Children in Court 609-402-0100 ext. 47620
Domestic Violence - FV/FO 609-402-0100 ext. 47580
Juvenile Unit - FJ 609-402-0100 ext. 47610
Non-Dissolution - FD 609-402-0100 ext. 47570
Matrimonial - FM 609-402-0100 ext. 47590
Cape May County
Family Division Main Number 609-402-0100 ext. 47690
Children in Court 609-402-0100 ext. 47710
Domestic Violence - FV/FO 609-402-0100 ext. 47710
Juvenile Unit - FJ 609-402-0100 ext. 47680
Non-Dissolution - FD 609-402-0100 ext. 47690
Matrimonial - FM 609-402-0100 ext. 47690

Finance Division

The Division of Finance manages all aspects of the Court's financial operations including the collection of fines, restitution, child support, bail and fees which are due to government agencies and individuals.

Agnes Manzo, Finance Division Manager
609-402-0100 ext. 47052

Atlantic County
Atlantic City Payment Window 609-402-0100 ext. 47120
Mays Landing Payment Window 609-402-0100 ext. 47140
Cape May County
Cape May Payment Window 609-402-0100 ext. 47130

Human Resources Division

The Division of Human Resources is responsible for a variety of programs and services for employees and applicants. The division administers all Human Resources related functions for the New Jersey Superior Court in each vicinage. The division is responsible for personnel management, labor and employee relations, Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action, training, payroll, health benefits, administration and volunteer programs.

The Superior Court employs individuals in a wide variety of types of positions. We have career opportunities for individuals in direct court services functions (i.e., Probation Officers, Criminal, Family and Civil case management, support staff, etc.) and in support services functions (i.e., Human Resources, Finance, Facilities, Purchasing, etc.).

See employment opportunities.

April Perrone, Human Resources Division Manager
609-402-0100 ext. 47042

Atlantic County
Human Resources Atlantic City 609-402-0100 ext. 47070
Human Resources Mays Landing 609-402-0100 ext. 47080
Cape May County
Human Resources Cape May 609-402-0100 ext. 47049

IT Division

Stephanie Tobolski, IT Division Manager
609-402-0100 ext. 47030

Atlantic County
Atlantic City IT 609-402-0100 ext. 47030
Mays Landing IT 609-402-0100 ext. 47080
Cape May County
Cape May IT 609-402-0100 ext. 47020

Jury Division

Call the jury management office if you have questions about your jury service.


Geovanny Feliciano, Jury Division Manager, Atlantic & Cape May
609-402-0100 ext. 47930

Janice Headley, Jury Division Manager, Mays Landing
609-402-0100 ext. 47940

Atlantic County
Atlantic City Jury 609-402-0100 ext. 47930
Mays Landing Jury 609-402-0100 ext. 47940
Cape May County
Cape May Jury 609-402-0100 ext. 47950

Municipal Division

Municipal courts have jurisdiction over various matters, including motor vehicle and traffic violations, ordinance violations, disorderly and petty disorderly persons offenses and certain penalty enforcement actions, such as fish and game violations. The municipal courts also play a vital role in the indictable charges that ultimately end up in Superior Court. These charges are filed first in the municipal court, where a determination of probable cause is made, conditions of pretrial release are set, and preliminary arraignments are held. The complaints are then forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office for possible grand jury action. Many indictable charges are downgraded to disorderly persons offenses and are heard in the municipal court.

Municipal courts have very limited juvenile jurisdiction such as jurisdiction to handle motor vehicle complaints involving minors and curfew violations. In addition to assessing fines and revoking various privileges, municipal court judges may imprison defendants for up to six months. There are no jury trials in municipal court.

Questions or comments concerning court operations in any of the municipal courts may be directed to the attention of the Municipal Division Manager or visit the Municipal Court within the Superior Court of New Jersey page. 


Brian Jetter, Municipal Division Manager
609-402-0100 ext. 47290

Atlantic and Cape May County
Municipal Main Number 609-402-0100 ext. 47290

Operations Division

Christopher Koos, Operations Division Manager, Atlantic County
609-402-0100 ext. 47246

Ellen Procida, Operations Division Manager, Cape May County
609-402-0100 ext. 47043

Atlantic County
Atlantic City Operations 609-402-0100 ext. 47060
Mays Landing Operations 609-402-0100 ext. 47016
Cape May County
Cape May Operations 609-402-0100 ext. 47019

Probation Division

The Probation Division, as part of the Judiciary, plays a vital role in accomplishing the mission of the Court.

The role of Probation Division is to promote the welfare and safety of children, families and communities in New Jersey by enforcing court orders, supervising offenders, monitoring behavior, and intervening to produce positive outcomes.

Keenon Simmons, Probation Division Manager
609-402-0100 ext. 47160

Atlantic County
Atlantic City Probation 609-402-0100 ext. 47160
Mays Landing Probation 609-402-0100 ext. 47180
Cape May County
Cape May Probation 609-402-0100 ext. 47190