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Cases heard in municipal court are divided into four general categories:
More serious offenses, known as indictable offenses, are sent to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office. The County Prosecutor decides whether to present the case to the Grand Jury or to return the case to the municipal court as a less serious offense (i.e., a downgrade offense).
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A court appearance is always required in criminal matters, such as assault, shoplifting, harassment, drug charges, etc. In traffic or other matters, if "court appearance required" is checked on the ticket, you must appear in court at the time and place indicated, even if you wish to plead guilty. If "court appearance required" is not checked on the traffic ticket, you must still appear in court if:
Yes. If you will need additional assistance please contact the court prior to your appearance.
The Police Department accepts for filing all complaints. In order to sign a complaint for an offense that occurred within the jurisdiction of Medford Lakes Borough, you need to come into the Police Department. You should have the following information with you:
You must call the court, 609-654-7589, to request an adjournment. If you need the date changed due to a previously scheduled vacation or work/school conflict, documentation must be provided. No adjournments are granted on the date that you are due to appear. In the case of an emergency documentation and/or a doctor’s note will be required.
Adjournments are not granted for arraignments on indictable matters or first appearances for serious motor vehicle summonses issued for DWI (39:4-50), driving while suspended (39:3-40) or uninsured motor vehicle (39:6B-2).
Mediation or CDR (citizen dispute resolution) is an alternative method for resolving disputes. A trained mediator is present to help the parties involved come to an agreement without the necessity of a municipal court trial.
The Judge decides what matters are appropriate for mediation. You may ask him to refer your case to Mediation on the day of your arraignment.
If you wish to be represented by the public defender you must make application for this through the Judge in the courtroom. In order to be eligible, you must be charged with a consequence of magnitude and your income must fall within the guidelines established. The Judge may require you to submit proof of your income. If approved there may be a fee assessed not to exceed $200.
No. The court is not permitted to recommend an attorney.
Yes. A subpoena requires your appearance. The Judge may find you in contempt or issue a warrant for your arrest if you fail to appear.
If you wish to be heard by the court, then it is important you are there. Please keep in mind if the officer did not witness the accident then he/she can not testify and may not be able to prove the state’s case without you.
Bail is a guarantee that the defendant will appear at each court session as scheduled. If the defendant misses any session, the bail money may be forfeited. Bail is returned when the case is completed. You may pick it up the day after your court appearance or it will be mailed to you.
If you posted bail for someone else and you are allowing the money to be used toward the fines, the court needs verification in writing from you if you are not going to be there on the court date.
You must post bail either at Medford Lakes Borough or at your local police department as long as it is not NJ State Police barracks. New court dates will not be given until bail is received in this office.
Assessments are not limited to fines. There are mandatory assessments on disorderly person’s complaints. Court costs are $33, VCCB $50, SNSC $75 in addition to the "fine".
The amounts indicated on the summonses are the amount due if paid through the violation bureau. The Judge has the discretion to increase or decrease this amount if you were heard in the courtroom.
This ticket must be paid by the court date indicated on the bottom of your summons if you have not entered a not guilty plea.
All moving violations have points assessed by Motor Vehicle Services (formerly DMV). You may inquire with them at 609-292-6500 or 609-292-6500. The court does not assess points.
Only the violations listed on the Statewide Violations Bureau Schedule are payable without a court appearance as long as the officer did not check off the "court appearance required" box on the bottom of your ticket.
You must call the court, 609-654-7589, to enter a not guilty plea. We will schedule your case to be heard in court. On the day of your appearance speak to the prosecutor.
You must contact the court to find out the amount due. After you pay the ticket you will have to take your receipt to DMV.
To receive a receipt you must send the court a self-addressed, stamped envelope at:
Medford Lakes Municipal Court1 Cabin CircleMedford Lakes, NJ 08055
Please call the court immediately, 609-654-7589, with your driver’s license number or plate number for a parking ticket so we can search our computer base.
Yes, if you have access to the internet. You can log onto New Jersey Courts website to make a payment electronically. You must have your ticket number and your license plate number available in order to utilize this system.