Municipal Court

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, (until further notice) court sessions will primarily be held virtually.  In-person court sessions are to be the exception and shall be in the discretion of the judge. However, in an effort to resolve your case without coming to court, several options are available and may be viewed HERE.  For more information, please call the court office at 732-536-0300.

The Marlboro Township 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 Court Judge appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Township Council. Judge James M. Newman was appointed January 1, 2012.

Court Sessions - (Thursdays ONLY)
09:00 AM     First Appearances  (virtual - via zoom)
10:30 AM     Pro-Se cases - (virtual - via zoom)
11:00 AM     Attorney represented cases - (virtual - via zoom)

12:00 PM     In-person cases (scheduled as needed in the discretion of the judge)

The Marlboro Township Municipal Court has a Municipal Court Administrator and one or more Deputy Municipal Court Administrators who are appointed by the Mayor. The Municipal Court Administrator and the Deputy Municipal Court 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, Kristy Gilsenan serves as the Municipal Court Administrator and she is assisted by several Deputy Municipal Court Administrators and a Violations Clerk.

Please be advised that this court does not accept documentation via email, they may be mailed via regular mail, faxed to (732) 591-0608 or submitted electronically via the State Judiciary website at www.njcourts.gov/selfhelp/jeds.html (Judiciary Electronic Document Submission - [JEDS]).

Defendants in the court are entitled to be represented by an attorney.  If a defendant is indigent and has charges that carry a consequence of magnitude, the township has a public defender whose services may be provided for a filing fee of up to $200.00. After review of the Public Defender Application; the Municipal Court Judge will determine if you qualify and 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 Township 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 may pursue their own complaints; please call the office for more information.  A police complaint is pursued by the Municipal Prosecutor. The Violations Bureau is open Monday - Thursday; from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm where fines may be paid in person or through the mail; checks and/or money orders should be made payable to the Marlboro Township Municipal Court.  If the charge(s) on your summons and/or complaint do not require a court appearance, the summons should be marked with the fine amount owed; these are mostly traffic offenses. However, not all traffic offenses are payable and the defendant must appear in 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.