FAQs
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Municipal Court

How may I pay my fine?
Payments may be made by check, cash, money order, in person or through the mail. If a court appearance is not required, you may pay your fine by Visa or MasterCard. A small fee is charged if you pay online.
Am I required to appear in court?
A court appearance is always required in most criminal matters. In traffic matters, if "court appearance required" is checked on the ticket, you must appear. If "court appearance required" is not checked you must still appear in court if:
- The charge is not listed on the Statewide Violations Schedule, or
- The ticket was issued as a result of an accident with personal injury.
My ticket is payable, but I would like to plead not guilty, how do I get my ticket on the court docket?
If your ticket is payable, you must contact the court in advance to advise them that you would like to plead not guilty and a new court date will be assigned and you will then be listed on the docket for the new assigned date.
Who is entitled to be represented by the public defender?
The public defender is assigned only when the pending charge carries a penalty of jail, suspension of driving privileges or a substantial fine and only if the judge determines that the defendant cannot afford to retain an attorney.
How does a defendant obtain a public defender?
You must appear on your scheduled court date to apply for the public defender. Public defenders are assigned to indigent defendants. You must complete an application that is reviewed by the Judge. A non-refundable application fee from $50 - $200 may be imposed.
How do I find out if my charge is payable per the Statewide Violations Schedule?
The most common payable motor vehicle violations are listed on the back of the ticket. If you do not see a particular charge, contact the court office. Please have the summons number available.
How many points will be imposed?
The municipal court does not impose points. Points are assessed by NJ Motor Vehicle Services (MVS). Call NJ MVS for questions about points and surcharges. You can reach the NJ MVS toll free in-state at 888-486-3339. The number for out-of-state calls is 856-292-6500.