The Marlboro Municipal Court has jurisdiction over all traffic matters that occur within the boundary of Marlboro Township, as well as all disorderly persons offenses and Township ordinance violations. It has all the functions, powers, duties and jurisdictions conferred upon municipal courts by the provisions of N.J.S.A 2A:8-1.
The Marlboro Township Municipal Court has one Municipal Judge appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Township Council. Judge James M. Newman was appointed January 1, 2012.
The Court meets on Tuesday arraignments & guilty pleas only 9:00AM, Thursday trials 1:00PM.
The Marlboro Municipal Court has a Municipal Court Administrator and one or more Deputy Administrators who are appointed by the Mayor. The Municipal Court Administrator and the Deputy Administrators are responsible for:
- Carrying out the rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to the operation of the Court.
- Interviewing and speaking to prospective complainants and receiving complaints and dispensing information relating to Court matters.
- Maintaining the financial records of the Court and entering them in the docket; arranging trial calendars; signing Court documents; and preparing and issuing warrants and sufficiency and equity; and receiving and accounting for fines and costs.
- Interviewing persons to determine if there is a basis for formal action and, if necessary, issue summonses requiring Court appearances; maintaining and classifying records and files.
Presently, Irene Moore. serves as the Court Administrator and she is assisted by several Deputy Court Administrators and a Violations Clerk.
Defendants in the Court are entitled to be represented by an attorney and if a defendant is indigent, the Township has a Public Defender whose services are provided for a $200.00 filing fee. The Municipal Judge may waive this filing fee, in whole or in part, if the Judge determines that the filing fee represents an unreasonable burden upon the person seeking representation. The Public Defender is appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Township Council and serves for a one year term commencing on January 1st.
The Marlboro Municipal Court also has a mediation program which is in place to assist people who may have neighborhood disputes, such as neighbors who have problems with barking dogs or engage in other disagreements.
Private citizens can pursue their own complaints. A police complaint is pursued by the Municipal Prosecutor. The Violations Bureau is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm where fines can be paid in person or through the mail. If the charge(s) on your summons and complaint can be taken care of without a Court appearance, the summons should be marked with the amount of the fine listed. These are mostly traffic offenses. Certain traffic offenses are not payable and the defendant must appear in Court. If you pay by mail, you must sign the front of the ticket indicating you are pleading guilty to the charge(s). Please make checks payable to the Marlboro Township Municipal Court.
Marlboro Court proceedings are governed by Township ordinances, court rules and State statutes. Court employees are not allowed to give legal advice, but will be happy to answer procedural questions.