Municipal Court

Suzanne McCanney, Court Administrator, Ext, 2114

609-298-2802  —   Fax: 609-291-9324
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:30pm

 

Court Sessions every Wednesday 
     Pro-se Session: 9:30am 
     Attorney Matters: 1:30pm
     Arraignment Day: Every other Tuesday, 11:30am
     Click here for the remaining 2014 Court Dates 
          

Directions:

Bordentown Township - Bordentown City
Municipal Courts
1 Municipal Drive
Bordentown NJ 08505

From the North or South using the New Jersey Turnpike: Get off at exit 7 which is Route 206, Take Route 206 North to the second traffic light (the turn is accessible from the left lane only) and make a left onto Farnsworth Avenue, go to the first street on your right which is Municipal Drive. The court is the first building on the right. Parking is in the Municipal parking lot and the Senior Center next door only; do not park at the Bank of America or your car may be towed.

From Interstate 195: Get off at exit 5A onto Route 130 South, take 130 to Farnsworth Avenue, Make a left onto Farnsworth Avenue and go to Municipal Drive, (the first street on the left), Follow the Bold directions above from there.

From Interstate 295 North or South: Get off exit 57 onto Route 130 North, take 130 North to Farnsworth Avenue, Make a right at the light and go to Municipal Drive, (the first street on the left), Follow the Bold directions above from there.

What is Municipal Court?
The Municipal Court is a local court created by State Law, whose territory is confined to the city or community in which it is located. Practice and procedures are governed by New Jersey Court Rules. The Municipal Court Judge is responsible for overseeing the administration of the Municipal Court.

Can I Pay Traffic Tickets Online?
Yes, most traffic tickets can be paid online through NJMC Direct. Click here NJMCdirect.

What Types of cases are heard in Municipal Court?
Cases heard in Municipal Court are divided into four general categories:

  • Violations of motor vehicle and traffic laws;
  • Violations of disorderly and petty disorderly persons offenses (criminal cases which may result in fine or jail);
  • Violations of Fish and Game Laws, Parks and forests, Weights and Measurers, SPCA, and Boating Regulations; and
  • Violations of municipal ordinances (local laws)

What happens on your day in court?
Before the session starts, or once court begins roll call is generally taken. The order in which cases are called is controlled by the New Jersey Court Rules:

  • Requests for postponements
  • Arraignments (advising defendants of rights/penalties)
  • Guilty pleas:
    1. Where defendant is represented by an attorney
    2. Where defendant is not represented by an attorney
  • Not Guilty pleas:
    1. Where defendant is represented by an attorney
    2. Where defendant is not represented by an attorney

At the beginning of the court session, the Judge will give an opening statement, explaining court procedures, defendant’s rights and penalties. As each case is called, the Judge will individually advise each defendant of his/her rights.

If the defendant pleads guilty, the Judge will ask questions regarding the offense charged to make sure that there is a basis for a guilty plea. 

If the defendant pleads not guilty and all involved parties are present, the case will proceed to trial. Once the Judge has heard the testimony, he will decide if the defendant is guilty, not guilty or if the case should be dismissed. 

If the defendant pleads guilty, or is found guilty after a trial, the Judge will impose sentence.

Helpful Phone Numbers and Links:

  • Lawyer Referral Service of Burlington County Bar Association:
    609-261-4862
  • Office on Aging, Human Services Facility: 
    609-265-5069
  • NJ Judiciary: www.judiciary.state.nj.us
  • NJMC Direct - Pay traffic tickets online www.judiciary.state.nj.us/atswep/njmcdirectmain

Courtroom Standards: 
Please observe the following standards while court is in session. Click for details...

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