Beverly Insull, Court Administrator973email@example.com
Judge Gerard Smith
The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over violations of motor vehicles and traffic laws, fish & game laws, forest & park laws, disorderly persons offenses, township ordinance violations, and waived indictable offenses.
A Municipal Court Judge presides over court. He is appointed by the Township Council for a three year term, and is assisted by the Court Administrator. Local Officials are aided by the Municipal Prosecutor. There is also a Public Defender who acts on behalf of any defendant unable to afford counsel.
The operations of the Municipal Court continue to expand to protect residents, property, and the unique way of life which has become characteristic of our community.
The Court is also required to be "on call" 24 hours a day to accommodate after hour emergency situations.
What if I get a ticket?
Please read below carefully:
1. PAYMENT AND GUILTY PLEA
You may plead guilty and pay the penalty, if the check box Court Appearance Required"has not been checked on the reverse side and the offense is payable without the necessity of a court appearance. You may either sign on New Jersey Direct to determine if the offense is payable and the amount of the penalty or telephone the court, If you wish to pay the penalty, bring or mail this ticket, together with payment in the amount of the penalty, to the court at the address indicated below prior to the court date displayed on the front of this ticket. Payments by mail are to be by check or money order made payable to this Municipal Court. Do not send cash Please print the ticket number on the front of the check or money order. If payment is received by the court after your court date, you may be assessed additional penalties. A receipt will be sent to you only if your payment is accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.To make payment via the Internet or for more information regarding this ticket, including the penalty amount please log on to: New Jersey Courts (NJMCdirect) OR You may contact the Municipal Court directly at: (973) 627 9000
2. OFFENSE IS NOT PAYABLE OR COURT APPEARANCE REQUIRED
If the offense charged on the reverse is not payable, or if Court Appearance Required" (see check box on reverse side) is checked, you must appear in court at the time and place indicated, even if you wish to plead guilty.
3. PLEA OF NOT GUILTY
If you wish to plead not guilty, you must notify the court at the address and telephone number as shown below at least 7 days prior to the court date listed on the front of this ticket, If you fail to notify the court, it may be necessary for you to make additional court appearances.
IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR IN RESPONSE TO THIS SUMMONS OR TO PAY THE PRESCRIBED PENALTY, ADDITIONAL PENALTIES MAY RESULT, A WARRANT MAY BE 1SSUED FOR YOUR ARREST AND YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGES IN NEW JERSEY MAY BE REVOKED. IF THIS IS A PARKING TICKET, YOUR FAILURE TO APPEAR OR PAY THE PRESCRIBED PENALTY SHALL BE CONSIDERED AN ADMISSION OF LIABILITY AND A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AGAINSTTHE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE,
EXCEPT FOR A PARKING TICKET, A RECORD OF TH1S CONVICTION WILL BE SENT TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION (MVC) THAT ISSUED YOUR LICENSE. EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 30, 2005, IF YOU HOLD A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE AND YOU ARE CONVICTED OF TWO OR MORE SERIOUS TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS, THE MVC MAY, DEPENDING ON YOUR RECORD, SUSPEND YOUR COMMERCIAL DRIVING PRIVILEDGES EVEN IF THE VIOLATIONS WERE COMMITTED IN A NON-COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE OFFICIAL MVC WEB SITE.
For all other court matters please contact Rockaway Township Municipal Court at 973-627-9000.