Ocean Township Municipal Court Address
50 Railroad Avenue
Waretown, NJ 08758
Phone Number: (609) 693-3332
Fax Number: (609) 971-9551
Ocean Township Municipal Court Judge and Staff
The current presiding judge of the Ocean Township Municipal Court is the Honorable James A. Liguori. The Court Administrator is Debbie Wight. The Ocean Township Municipal Court Prosecutor is Christian Schlegel. Its Public Defender is Gregory J. Hock.
The hours of the courthouse are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Court meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. and on the third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Parking at the Ocean Township Municipal Court
The courthouse complex in Ocean Township (Waretown) has free parking available to the public located behind the courthouse itself.
Waretown's Municipal Court is Open to the Public
Because proceedings are open to the public, children and guests are permitted to also be present at the courthouse for any matters so long as they also abide by courtroom and courthouse rules and do not make disruptions. There is a “do's and don'ts” sign posted in front of the courthouse, giving all entering guests advanced notice of what to do and not to do once inside. Public restrooms are available to the left and right of the entryway into the building's courtroom.
What Can I Bring Inside the Ocean Township Court?
The sign posted in front of the court notifies the public of some things not permitted to be brought inside. Entrants may be subject to metal detectors and/or a wand for the safety of all people in the courthouse. In terms of bringing electronic devices into court, it is preferred that these are kept in your vehicle. If they must be brought inside, guests are urged to keep these devices on silent or turned off so that they do not disrupt court proceedings. These devices can be confiscated if these rules are not followed.
Documents to Bring to a Court Appearance
Most people arriving for their first appearance may not be required to bring along any paperwork, but that will depend on the charge or offense. It is advised that you always bring with you a form of identification, your traffic summons or complaint and any other documentation that may support your defense. You should consult with your lawyer prior to your court date to discuss preparing for your scheduled appearance.
Failure to Appear on Your Scheduled Court Date
If you do not appear for a required court appearance, then in the judge's discretion a bench warrant may be issued. Contempt charges may be issued for a late or nonappearance for those who have not posted bail.
Paying Fines at Ocean Township Municipal Court
While the court prefers that people pay in full, defendants that meet certain requirements for indecency may be able to work out a payment plan, which is always subject to review by the court. Payment of traffic offenses may be completed online by a credit card.
Types of Cases Heard at Ocean Township Municipal Court
Indictable criminal matters are not handled at the municipal court level – those matters are handled by the higher county courts. Disorderly persons offenses and violations of any Ocean Township ordinance will be heard by the Ocean Township Municipal Court. Other matters that will be heard here are DWI charges and traffic offenses.
Experienced Ocean Township Lawyers
If you need an experienced lawyer in Ocean Township, NJ consider Villani & DeLuca P.C. We offer free 24×7 phone consultations to help resolve your legal issues. Call (732) 709-7757 today to speak with one of our attorneys.
Directions to the Ocean Township Municipal Court
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