New Jersey Court System 2017-06-16T12:21:04+00:00

New Jersey Court System

Monmouth County Municipal Court

This is an overview of the types of courts and the types of cases in NJ. In the State of New Jersey, there are several different types of courts

Municipal Court is where cases involving motor-vehicles offenses, such as illegal parking, speeding and driving while intoxicated, are heard. Municipal Courts also hear cases involving minor criminal offenses such as simple assault, trespassing and shoplifting. In New Jersey, these minor crimes are known as disorderly persons offenses. Cases involving hunting, fishing and boating laws and even minor disputes between neighbors are also heard in Municipal Courts. Municipal Courts are operated by the city, township or borough in which the courts are located. There are 539 Municipal Courts in the state.

List of Municipal Courts in Monmouth County, New Jersey

  • Aberdeen Township Municipal Court

  • Allentown Borough Municipal Court

  • Asbury Park Municipal Court

  • Atlantic Highlands Municipal Court

  • Avon by the Sea Municipal Court

  • Belmar Municipal Court

  • Bradley Beach Municipal Court

  • Brielle Municipal Court

  • Colts Neck Township Municipal Court

  • Deal Municipal Court

  • Eatontown Municipal Court

  • Englishtown Municipal Court

  • Fair Haven Municipal Court

  • Farmingdale Municipal Court

  • Freehold Township Municipal Court

  • Freehold Boro Municipal Court

  • Hazlet Township Municipal Court

  • Highlands Municipal Court

  • Holmdel Municipal Court

  • Howell Township Municipal Court

  • Interlaken Borough Municipal Court

  • Keansburg Municipal Court

  • Keyport Municipal Court

  • Lake Como Borough Municipal Court

  • Little Silver Borough Municipal Court

  • Loch Arbour Village Municipal Court

  • Long Branch City Municipal Court

  • Manalapan Township Municipal Court

  • Manasquan Municipal Court

  • Marlboro Township Municipal Court

  • Matawan Borough Municipal Court

  • Middletown Township Municipal Court

  • Millstone Township Municipal Court

  • Monmouth Beach Borough Municipal Court

  • Neptune City Borough Municipal Court

  • Neptune Township Municipal Court

  • Ocean Grove Municipal Court

  • Ocean Township (Monmouth) Municipal Court

  • Oceanport Borough Municipal Court

  • Red Bank Municipal Court

  • Roosevelt Borough Municipal Court

  • Rumson Borough Municipal Court

  • Sea Bright Borough Municipal Court

  • Sea Girt Municipal Court

  • Shrewsbury Borough Municipal Court

  • Shrewsbury Township Municipal Court

  • Spring Lake Municipal Court

  • Spring Lake Heights Municipal Court

  • Tinton Falls Borough Municipal Court

  • Union Beach Borough Municipal Court

  • Upper Freehold Township Municipal Court

  • Wall Township Municipal Court

  • West Long Branch Borough Municipal Court

Superior Court

Cases involving criminal, civil and family law are heard in the Superior Court. There is a Superior Court in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties.

Criminal Cases

Criminal cases are when a defendant is accused of a serious crime, such as robbery, theft, drug possession or murder. In a criminal case, a prosecutor tries to prove that the defendant committed a crime. A Criminal defense Lawyer such as Ian Goldman of IMG Legal Group represents the defendant.

Civil Cases

Civil lawsuits are cases in which a plaintiff claims that he or she has been injured by the actions of the defendant. Injury is a legal term meaning any harm done to a person’s body, property, reputation or rights.

Family Cases

Family cases are civil cases in which the disputes involve children, spouses or domestic partners. Examples of family cases are those involving divorce, adoption, juvenile delinquency, child abuse, child support, and domestic violence.

Tax Court

Tax Court judges review the decisions of county boards of taxation, which determine how much a property should be taxed. Tax Court judges also review the decisions of the State Division of Taxation on such matters as the state income tax, sales tax and business tax.

Appeals Courts

When people do not agree with the outcome of their cases in the trial court or Tax Court, they may appeal their case to a higher court. These higher courts are called appellate courts. Appellate courts review the decisions of lower courts to determine whether those decisions were correct under the law.

There are two appellate courts in New Jersey

Appellate Division of Superior Court

In the Appellate Division, cases are reviewed and decided by panels of two or three judges.There are no juries or witnesses in Appellate Division cases, and no new evidence is considered. Instead, lawyers make their legal arguments to the judges.If either side in a case is unhappy with the outcome in the Appellate Division, it may appeal the case to the New Jersey Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the highest court in New Jersey. The Supreme Court reviews the decisions of New Jersey’s other courts.

New Jersey Superior Court

In the Supreme Court, cases are decided by a Chief Justice and six Associate Justices. As in the Appellate Division, there are no juries or witnesses, and no new evidence is considered. Instead, the Supreme Court examines whether the proceedings and outcomes in the lower courts were fair, unbiased and conducted in accordance with the law, and whether the outcomes were correct under the law.

Locations of New Jersey Superior Courts

There is a Superior court in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties.

The Superior courts are grouped into 15 court districts called vicinages.

Here’s a list of New Jersey’s Superior court vicinages:

Vicinage 1 – Atlantic & Cape May Counties
Vicinage 2 – Bergen County
Vicinage 3 – Burlington County
Vicinage 4 – Camden County
Vicinage 5 – Essex County
Vicinage 6 – Hudson County
Vicinage 7 – Mercer County
Vicinage 8 – Middlesex County
Vicinage 9 – Monmouth County
Vicinage 10 – Morris & Sussex Counties
Vicinage11 – Passaic County
Vicinage 12 – Union County
Vicinage 13 – Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties
Vicinage 14 – Ocean County
Vicinage 15 – Gloucester, Cumberland & Salem County