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Overview: Morris County NJ Municipal Court System

Morris County NJ Municipal Court System Lawyer

Morris County NJ Municipal Court System

In Morris County and throughout New Jersey, Municipal Courts handle matters such as traffic tickets (including DUI), town ordinance violations and disorderly persons offenses.  Disorderly persons offenses are sometimes referred to as misdemeanors.

Where are the Municipal Courts in Morris County, New Jersey located?

Boonton Municipal Court
(Shared with Parsippany-Troy Hills)
3333 Route 46 East
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: (973) 263-4290 or 4291
Web: https://www.boonton.org/163/Court

Boonton Township Municipal Court
155 Powerville Road
Boonton Township, NJ 07005
Phone: Phone: (973) 402-4006
Web: https://www.boontontownship.com/municipal-court

Butler Municipal Court
1 Ace Road
Butler NJ 0740
Phone: (973) 838-0559
Web: http://www.butlerborough.com/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=19&TPID=3600

Chatham Borough Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Township, Harding, Madison and Morris)
Hartley Dodge Building
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026
Web: http://chathamborough.org/chatham/Government/Municipal%20Court/

Chatham Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Borough, Harding, Madison and Morris)
Hartley Dodge Building
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026
Web: http://www.chathamtownship-nj.gov/departments/court

Chester Borough Municipal Court
(Shared with Mendham Borough)
50 North Road
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-3660 ext. 2126
Web: http://chesterborough.org/departments/municipal-court/

Chester Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Mendham Township)
1 Parker Road
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-5100 ext. 816
Web: https://chestertownship.org/departments/municipal-court-violations/

Denville Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Mountain Lakes)
1 St. Mary’s Place
Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: (973) 625-8300
Web: http://www.denvillenj.org/departments/municipal_court.php

Dover Municipal Court
(Shared with Mine Hill and Victory Gardens)
37 North Sussex Street
Dover, NJ 07801
Phone: (973) 366-2200
Web: http://www.dover.nj.us/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=17&TPID=6267

East Hanover Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Hanover)
1000 Route 10 West
Whippany, NJ 07981
Phone: (973) 428-2519
Web: http://www.easthanovertownship.com/departments/court.htm

Florham Park Municipal Court
111 Ridgedale Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Phone: (973) 410-5324
Web: http://www.fpboro.net/departments/municipal-court/

Hanover Township Municipal Court
(Shared with East Hanover)
1000 Route 10 West
Whippany, NJ 07981
Phone: (973) 428-2519
Web: http://www.hanovertownship.com/Departments/MunicipalCourt/CourtInformation.aspx

Harding Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Madison and Morris)
Hartley Dodge Building
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026
Web: http://www.hardingnj.org/content/1068/178/default.aspx

Jefferson Township Municipal Court
1033 Weldon Road
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
Phone: (973) 208-6129
Web: http://www.jeffersontownship.net/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=4&TPID=138

Kinnelon Municipal Court
130 Kinnelon Road
Kinnelon, NJ 07405
Phone: (973) 838-7644
Web: http://www.kinnelonboro.org/municipal-court-7/

Lincoln Park Municipal Court
34 Chapel Hill Road
Lincoln Park, NJ 07035
Phone: (973) 694-6100 ext. 2067
Web: http://www.lincolnpark.org/134/Municipal-Court

Long Hill Township Municipal Court
915 Valley Road
Gillette, NJ 07933
Phone: (908) 647-8000
Web: http://longhillnj.gov/court.html

Madison Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Harding and Morris)
Hartley Dodge Memorial
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026
Web: http://www.rosenet.org/directory.aspx?did=14

Mendham Borough Municipal Court
(Shared with Chester Borough)
50 North Road
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-3660 Ext.2126
Web: http://www.mendhamnj.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=94&TPID=14685

Mendham Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Chester Township)
1 Parker Rd
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-5100 ext. 816
Web: http://www.mendhamtownship.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=77&TPID=10251

Mine Hill Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Dover and Victory Gardens)
37 North Sussex Street
Dover, NJ 07801
Phone: (973) 366-2200
Web: http://minehill.com/

Montville Municipal Court
360 Route 202, Suite 2
Montville, NJ 07045
Phone: (973) 335-1022
Web: http://montvillenj.org/183/Municipal-Court

Morris Plains Municipal Court
531 Speedwell Avenue, 2nd Floor
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Phone: (973) 538-4019 ext. 206
Web: http://www.morrisplainsboro.org/directory/town-directory

Morris Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Township, Chatham Borough, Harding and Madison)
Hartley Dodge Building
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026
Web: http://www.morristwp.com/126/Municipal-CourtJoint-Municipal-Court

Morristown Municipal Court
200 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: (973) 292-6687
Web: https://www.townofmorristown.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=6A7FF0EE-988B-47CB-9996-313E57DBFE34

Mount Arlington Municipal Court
419 Howard Boulevard
Mount Arlington, NJ 07856
Phone: (973) 398-6832
Web: https://mountarlingtonnj.org/court/

Mount Olive Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Netcong)
204 Flanders-Drakestown Road
Budd Lake, N.J. 07828
Phone: (973) 691-0900
Web: http://mountolivetownship.com/index.php/departments/municipal-court

Mountain Lakes Municipal Court
(Shared with Denville)
1 St. Mary’s Place
Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: (973) 625-8300
Web: https://mtnlakes.org/departments/municipal-court/

Netcong Municipal Court
(Shared with Mount Olive)
204 Flanders-Drakestown Road
Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Phone: (973) 691-0900
Web: http://netcong.org/municipal-court/

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Boonton)
3333 Route 46 East
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: (973) 263-4290
Web: http://www.parsippany.net/Departments/Municipal-Court/

Pequannock Township Municipal Court
530 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, 2nd Floor
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
Phone: (973) 835-5700 ext.114
Web: http://www.peqtwp.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=60&TPID=6293

Randolph Municipal Court
502 Millbrook Avenue
Randolph, NJ 07869
Phone: (973) 989-7054
Web: http://www.randolphnj.org/government/municipal_court

Riverdale Municipal Court
91 Newark-Pompton Turnpike
Riverdale, NJ 07457
Phone: (973) 835-1013
Web: https://www.riverdalenj.gov/riverdale-municipal-court

Rockaway Borough Municipal Court
(Shared with Boonton and Parsippany-Troy Hills)
3333 Route 46 East
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: (973) 263-4290
Web: http://rockawayboropd.org/MunicipalCourt.html

Rockaway Township Municipal Court
65 Mount Hope Road
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Phone: (973) 627-9000
Web: http://www.rockawaytownship.org/186/Court

Roxbury Township Municipal Court
1715 Route 46 West
Ledgewood, NJ 07852
Phone: (973) 448-2033
Web: http://www.roxburynj.us/11/Municipal-Court

Victory Gardens Municipal Court
(Shared with Dover and Mine Hill)
37 North Sussex Street
Dover, NJ 07801
Phone: (973) 366-2200
Web: http://victorygardensnj.gov/court.html

Washington Township Municipal Court
43 Schooley’s Mountain Road
Long Valley, NJ 07853
Phone: (908) 876-3852
Web: http://wtmorris.org/index.php/departments/municipal-court.html

Wharton Municipal Court
(Shared with Mount Arlington)
419 Howard Boulevard
Mount Arlington, NJ 07856
Phone: (973) 398-6832
Web: http://whartonnj.com/

What Kinds of Criminal Offenses Are Handled in the Morris County Municipal Courts?

Criminal offenses include:

• Shoplifting
• Simple Assault
• Harassment
• Marijuana Possession
• Drug Paraphernalia
• Disorderly Conduct
• Underage Drinking
• Public Intoxication
• Loitering
• Destruction of Property
• Resisting Arrest

Many municipal courts have court only once a week. When people go to court, there is usually a full calendar. Busier towns have court more than once a week. There is no set rule for how many times a municipal court must meet.

Who Works in Municipal Courts?

In any court session, you will certainly see the municipal court judge. Municipal Court judges are usually appointed by the town mayor, which is why the municipal court judge changes from time to time. It does not mean that the municipal court judge is doing a bad job. Most of the time, it has to do with politics.

Aside from the judge, you may see the town prosecutor. Because of the heavy caseload, the prosecutor is usually in his or her office negotiating plea agreements with various defendants. Occasionally, the judge will require an explanation from the prosecutor as to a particular plea agreement and then the prosecutor will appear. The prosecutor will also be there for any trial.

Every town has one or more public defenders as well. In Morris County municipal courts, public defenders are available to those that are charged with a criminal offense or serious traffic infraction. In addition, the defendant must qualify financially. If you qualify for the public defender, the cost is $200. Like the prosecutor, public defenders usually have very heavy caseloads as well.

Usually, you will also see private criminal defense attorneys. Unlike the public defender, the private criminal defense lawyer is usually there on behalf of one client. His or her time and efforts are devoted completely towards one client. Private attorney cases are usually handled first.

Aside from the lawyers, you will probably also notice

• Court administrators
• Court clerks
• Police officers
• Interpreters
• Violation bureau clerks

How Does a Municipal Court Session Work?

It is really up to the judge to determine how he or she wants to handle the court session. Generally speaking, first appearances are handled first because they take the least amount of time. First appearances are for defendants to hear the charges against them and to enter an initial plea of guilty or not guilty. You may hear on the cable news about a not guilty plea from a defendant that appears to be obviously guilty. It is important to point out that this is an initial plea and not guilty plea is done initially many times so that the defendant can obtain a lawyer. Judges are very reluctant to put through a guilty plea without a lawyer present for the defendant. After you enter your first appearance in municipal court, the court will schedule your case for either a trial or a conference. Whether the matter is listed for trial or a conference usually depends on the nature of the charge.

After first appearances are out of the way, the judge will typically take plea agreements. Plea agreements are relatively quick but usually take longer than first appearances. Plea agreements are generally the result of a conference between the prosecutor and the criminal defense attorney.

Trials are always handled last. They take the most amount of time and it allows the judge to get through everyone else’s case so that they are not waiting around for the trial to end just to enter a not guilty plea or put through a plea agreement.

Can I Pay My Traffic Ticket Online?

Parking tickets and some traffic tickets can be paid online. Some traffic tickets require a court appearance. The ticket usually has a boxed checked off that will notify you as to whether or not a court appearance is required.

Pay Your Traffic Ticket Online Here

Morris County NJ Criminal Defense Lawyer – (908) 358-2938

The Sloan Law Firm aggressively defends clients dealing with criminal charges and traffic infractions in every Morris County municipal court and throughout New Jersey. If you have received a summons for a traffic ticket or a criminal offense and would like to speak with a Morris County NJ Municipal Court Attorney, call (908) 358-2938. The initial consultation is free.

The firm serves clients in: Boonton, Butler, Chatham, Chester, Denville, Dover, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover, Harding, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Long Hill, Madison, Mendham, Mine Hill, Montville, Morris Plains, Morris Township, Morristown, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive, Mountain Lakes, Netcong, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Randolph , Rockaway Borough, Roxbury, Victory Gardens, Washington Township, Wharton and throughout Morris County.

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