Right of Public Access to Municipal Court Records
What Records May Be Obtained from the Municipal Court?
Given the high volume of cases heard in Municipal Court, it is not surprising that there are many occasions where the release these court records are sought. If you have a question about Municipal Court proceedings, our lawyers can assist you. The members of our firm include a team of attorneys with over 100 years of collective experience. We can be reached at 1-877-450-8301 any time 24/7.
Records Maintained by Municipal Courts in NJ
Copies of all Disorderly Persons Offenses and Traffic Summonses are maintained by the Municipal Court. This information is also recorded on the statewide computer data base. All other documents filed with the Court including, but not limited to, motions, briefs, and pleadings are also maintained by the Municipal Court. Additionally, proceedings of the Court are memorialized through audio recording.
Records Subject to Release to the Public
In accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Records Act ("OPRA") contained at N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq., all public records are to be made accessible to the public unless specifically excluded by law. The following records are not subject to release:
- Information relating to Search Warrants;
- Expunged Records;
- Records that have been Sealed or Impounded by the Court; and
- The Address & Telephone Number of a Victim of Domestic Violence.
Direct Mailings by Attorneys
A significant source of dispute is the right of lawyers to obtain access to court information and send solicitations to those charged with a traffic offense or disorderly person violation. The reality is that these tactics are legal and the relating mailings are permissible provided the information contained in the mailings is accurate.
An attorney at our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, is available now to assist you. Initial consultations are always without charge so do not hesitate to contact us a 1-877-450-8301 to speak to a lawyer immediately.