Municipal Court

Municipal Court

                   
   

MUNICIPAL OFFICES
Municipal Court
Hon. Dennis McInerney, Esq., Judge

 
   

 

MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE:
Hon. Dennis McInerney, Esq.

COURT OFFICE ADDRESS:
Township of Burlington Municipal Building
851 Old York Road
Burlington Twp.,  NJ 08016

OFFICE HOURS:
M, W, Th, F 9 am–5 pm; T 8-3;

MUNICIPAL COURT HOURS:
Tuesday Court starts 8 am
Thursday Court starts 5 pm

TEL: 609-239-5825

FAX: 609-239-2191

COURT ADMINISTRATOR:
Rosa Henry
RHenry@twp.burlington.nj.us
609-239-5825
 

MAP: 
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LAWYER REFERRALS
Burlington County Bar Association
45 Grant Street
Mount Holly NJ 08060
TEL: 609-261-5423

DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES
General Info: TEL: 609-272-6500
Suspensions / Restorations:
TEL: 609-272-7500

MUNICIPAL COURT DIVISION
COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
County Courts Facility
49 Rancocas Road
Mount Holly NJ 08060
TEL: 609-518-2515

NJ State Judiciary Website


MUNICIPAL COURT

AVAILABLE ON THIS PAGE:
City of Burlington Municipal Court
Court Office
Payment of Fines
Court Staff
What Staff Can and Cannot Do
Municipal Court Judge
Mediation
Your Rights as a Defendant

The City of Burlington Municipal Court Office has relocated to the Township of Burlington Municipal Building.  The Municipal Court is a local court created by state law. Its territory is confined to the City. New Jersey Court Rules govern its practices and procedures. The Municipal Court Judge oversees administration. The presiding Judge of the Municipal Court (County Courthouse, Mount Holly) oversees administration of all Burlington County Municipal Courts, and reports to the County’s highest judge, the Assignment Judge. Municipal Court presides over cases, including:

  • violations of municipal ordinances
  • violations of motor vehicle and traffic laws
  • disorderly person’s offenses
  • petty disorderly person’s offenses and
  • other non-indictable offenses,

except where exclusive jurisdiction is given to the Superior Court. Also included within this jurisdiction are:

  • violations of fish and game laws
  • weights and measures and
  • marine police.

For further information

For more info about the Municipal Courts,

  • Come in and ask for our FREE “Municipal Courts Informational Guide”
  • Click on the link to FAQ / Q&As about this topic at left
  • The New Jersey Court Rules, statutes and other legal references are available at the Law Library located in County Courts Facility, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly. Burlington County Library in Westampton and the Burlington County College Library in Pemberton also have some legal references.

Court Hours and Address

Municipal Court starts every Tuesday at 8 am and Thursday at  5 pm
Townhip of Burlington Municipal Building
851 Old York Road 
Burlington Township,  NJ 08016

Payment

The Violations Bureau payment window is open to the public M, W, Th, F 9 am–5 pm; Tue 8 am - 3 pm
Townhip of Burlington Municipal Building
851 Old York Road 
Burlington Township,  NJ 08016

You may also pay traffic fines on-line through State website:  Pay Fines.

Staff

Court staff are interested in answering all procedural questions about how the court will handle your case. Court staff cannot offer legal advice or make recommendations to you about your case.

Guidelines for Assistance

COURT STAFF CAN...

  • explain and answer questions about how the court works
  • tell you what the court requires in order to consider your case
  • give you some info from your court file
  • provide you with samples of court forms
  • offer guidance on how to fill out forms
  • usually answer questions about court deadlines

COURT STAFF CANNOT...

  • give you legal advice
  • tell you whether or not you should bring your case to court
  • give you a prediction about your case’s outcome
  • recommend a lawyer, but they CAN provide the phone number of a local lawyer referral service
  • talk to the judge for you
  • let you talk to the judge outside of court
  • change an order issued by a judge

 

Judge

The Township of Burlington Municipal Court Judge is also the City of Burlington Municipal Court Judge,  Hon. Dennis McInerney

Mediation

The Judge, Court Administrator or a police officer may suggest that the parties try to settle their differences through Mediation, a confidential process which allows the parties to meet with a trained mediator to aid them in resolving their dispute. You may request mediation:

  • instead of filing a formal complaint
  • or, before your court date

The Court will decide if your case is eligible. Types of matters referred to mediation typically include:

  • neighborhood disputes
  • bad check cases
  • disputes among co-workers

Mediation is scheduled through the Municipal Court and is held:


Townhip of Burlington Municipal Building
851 Old York Road 
Burlington Township,  NJ 08016

Your Rights as a Defendant in Municipal Courts in the State of New Jersey

  1. You have a RIGHT TO BE INFORMED OF THE CHARGES AGAINST YOU.
  2. You have the RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT concerning the charges against you, and anything you say may be held against you.
  3. You may plead GUILTY or NOT GUILTY to certain non-indictable charges against you, such as: traffic offenses, disorderly persons offenses, and ordinances.
    If you are charged with an INDICTABLE offense, the Judge cannot ask for your plea because you have the right to request a probable cause hearing before the Judge and a trial by jury at the County level if the Grand Jury indicts you.
    There are, however, certain INDICTABLE offenses that may be tried by the Judge if you waive indictment and trial by jury in writing and the County Prosecutor consents. You have the right to be informed if you have been charged with such an offense.
  4. You have the RIGHT TO RETAIN AN ATTORNEY.
  5. You have the RIGHT TO BE ASSIGNED AN ATTORNEY IF:
    • you are charged with an indictable offense and the State Public Defender determines that you cannot afford an attorney; or
    • you are charged with an indictable offense and the Judge determines you cannot afford an attorney and there is a likelihood that if you are convicted you will either go to jail, receive a substantial fine or your driver’s license will be suspended.
  6. You have the RIGHT TO OBTAIN A REASONABLE POSTPONEMENT so that you may have an opportunity to consult with your attorney and prepare a proper defense.
  7. You are PRESUMED TO BE INNOCENT until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
  8. You have the RIGHT TO TESTIFY OR NOT TO TESTIFY in your behalf.
  9. You have the RIGHT TO CALL OR SUBPOENA witnesses to testify in your behalf.

 

   
 
 

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