MUNICIPAL COURT

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margaret guerina  MARGARET GUERINA
Court Administrator
Phone   (609) 268-0363

Fax       (609) 268-7198
E-mail: mrg@townshipoftabernacle-nj.gov

 
 
 

Judge                          
Honorable Richard E. Andronici

Public Defender
Robert Prisco, Esquire
P.O. Box 5
Riverside, New Jersey 08075-0005 

Telephone (856) 461-0231

Township Prosecutor
Christopher Koutsouris, Esquire
620 West Lacey Road
P.O. Box 1057
Forked River, New Jersey 08731
Telephone (609) 971-1010

Anyone wishing to see the Court Administrator in person should always call ahead to make arrangements. This office is staffed on a part time basis.
 
The Municipal Court is a local court created by State law, whose territory is confined to the city or community in which it is located. Practice and procedures are governed by New Jersey Court Rules. The Municipal Court Judge is responsible for overseeing the administration of his or her Municipal Court. The Assignment Judge of the Superior Court (whose office is located in Mount Holly) is responsible for overseeing the administration of all of the municipal courts in Burlington County .
 
Cases heard in municipal court are divided into four general categories:
  • Violations of motor vehicle and traffic laws
  • Violations of disorderly and petty disorderly persons offenses (criminal cases which may result in fines or jail)
  • Violations of Fish and Game laws, Parks and Forests, Weights and Measures, SPCA, and Boating Regulations
  • Violations of municipal ordinances (local laws)
  • More serious offenses, known as indictable offenses, are sent to the County Prosecutor's Office. The County Prosecutor decides whether to present the case to a Grand Jury or to return to the municipal court as a less serious offense (a downgrade).
A court appearance is ALWAYS required in criminal matters. In traffic or other matters, if a court appearance required is checked on the ticket, you must appear in court at the time and place indicated, even if you wish to plead guilty. If court appearance required is not checked on the traffic ticket, you must still appear in court if:
  • You wish to have a trial
  • The charge is not listed on the Statewide Violations Schedule
  • Personal injury is involved

COURT DATES 2016  

JANUARY 5                                                 JULY 5       8AM
JANUARY 19                                               JULY 19     3:30PM

FEBRUARY 2                                              AUGUST 2    8AM
FEBRUARY 16                                            AUGUST 16   3:30PM

MARCH 1     8AM                                       SEPTEMBER 6    8AM
MARCH 15   3:30 PM                                SEPTEMBER 20 3:30 PM

APRIL 5      8AM                                         OCTOBER 4        8AM
APRIL 19    3:30PM                                    OCTOBER 18     3:30PM

MAY 3         8AM                                          NOVEMBER 1     8AM
MAY 17       3:30PM                                     NOVEMBER 15   3:30PM

JUNE 6 AT 8:00AM                                   DECEMBER 6    8AM
JUNE 21     3:30PM                                    DECEMBER 20   3:30PM 

ALL COURT SESSIONS ARE THE FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH.  THE FIRST SESSION BEGINS AT 8AM, THE SECOND SESSION AT 3:30PM, EXCEPT FOR MONDAY, JUNE 6 AT 8:00AM

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COURT DATES 2017 

JANUARY 3        8 AM                                               JULY 3                8 AM MONDAY
JANUARY 17       3:30 PM                                            JULY 18                3:30 PM

FEBRUARY 7      8 AM                                              AUGUST 1            8 AM
FEBRUARY 21    3:30 PM                                            AUGUST 15          3:30 PM

MARCH 7             8 AM                                              SEPTEMBER 5    8 AM
MARCH 21           3:30 PM                                            SEPTEMBER 19 3:30 PM

APRIL 4                8 AM                                              OCTOBER 3         8 AM
APRIL 18              3:30 PM                                            OCTOBER 17        3:30 PM

MAY 2                   8 AM                                               NOVEMBER 7     8 AM
MAY 16                 3:30 PM                                             NOVEMBER 21    3:30 PM

JUNE 5               8 AM MONDAY                          DECEMBER 5        8 AM
JUNE 20               3:30 PM                                            DECEMBER 19    3:30 PM 

ALL COURT SESSIONS ARE THE FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH.  THE FIRST SESSION OF THE
MONTH BEGINS AT 8AM, THE SECOND SESSION AT 3:30PM. DUE TO A CONFERENCE AND HOLIDAY, THE FIRST COURT SESSIONS IN JUNE AND JULY WILL BE ON MONDAY, JUNE 5 AND JULY 3.

Helpful Phone Numbers: 
Lawyer Referral Service of Burlington County Bar Association - (609)261-4862.  This service provides legal referrals in a particular field of law in which the client needs help. Attorneys will have initial consultation with client for reduced fee.  

Office on Aging, Human Services Facility.  (609)265-5069  
Legal Aid is one of the many services provided by the County Office on Aging to the residents of Burlington County who are over the age of 60. This service provides legal advice, but does not provide representation in the municipal courts.