Jurisdiction of Municipal Court

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Almost every municipality in New Jersey possesses its own court that has jurisdiction to decide legal disputes. If you need an attorney to represent you in municipal court, you should know that the lawyers at our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, have over 100 years of collective experience handling these types of cases. You can reach a municipal court lawyer for a free initial consultation anytime 24/7 at 1-877-450-8301.

Subject Matter Jurisdiction: What May be Heard in Municipal Court?

Those types of cases that may be heard in municipal court are set forth at N.J.S.A. 2B:12-17. That section of New Jersey law grants authority for a municipal court to hear, among other things:

  1. Summonses alleging a municipal ordinance violation;
  2. Tickets for traffic violations;
  3. Cases involving allegations of disorderly persons and petty disorderly persons offenses; and
  4. Violations of the fish and game laws.

Proper Venue or Jurisdiction for a Particular Municipal Case

Every municipal court in NJ possesses authority under N.J.S.A. 2B:12-16 to decide cases “arising within the territory of that municipality.” “Territory” includes property or premises located partially within the municipality and an adjacent town.

Jurisdiction Over Juvenile Matters

There is no jurisdiction for municipal courts to hear criminal, disorderly persons offenses, or ordinance violations involving minors (i.e. under 18 years of age). Motor vehicle summonses filed against juveniles may, however, be heard in municipal court in most cases.

If you have more detailed questions regarding a municipal court complaint or summons, a lawyer is available to assist you immediately. Give us a call now as an attorney from our defense firm would be happy to provide the guidance you need.