Welcome to the Township of Ocean Municipal Court
The court offices are located at 399 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst NJ (above the library). They can be reached by phone by dialing 908- 531-5000, ext. 355. The hours of operation are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday, except holidays. The office is currently staffed by seven (7) personnel; Judge, Court Administrator, Deputy Court Administrator, two (2) Violations Clerks, Prosecutor and a Public Defender. Court sessions are as follows:
Although the judicial staff of the Municipal Court are employees of the Township of Ocean, they are governed by the rules of the court as set down by the State of New Jersey Supreme Court. The municipal court is directly supervised by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).
The function of the court personnel is to assist the Judge in the adjudication of cases that are brought before the court. This assistance is limited to the scheduling of court appearances, mediation hearings, taking of fines, penalties, and assessments, and the disbursement of the monies collected to the appropriate agencies. Those agencies include: the State of New Jersey, the County of Monmouth, the Township of Ocean, NJ Division of Motor Vehicles, NJ Division of Weights and Measures, NJ Violent Crimes Compensation Board, NJ SPCA, Inc, and NJ Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife. Occasionally, when restitution is ordered by the Judge, those payments are also collected and disbursed to the complaintant/victim.
The Municipal Court is a quasi-criminal court which handles all non-indictable cases, including: all traffic summonses, disorderly persons complaints, and township ordinances. The court personnel also prepare indictable criminal complaints which are forwarded to the Superior Court in Freehold for presentment to a Grand Jury.
The Township of Ocean Complaint Resolution Committee is staffed by five (5) mediators who are volunteers trained by the AOC. The function of the mediators is to resolve neighborhood disputes of a non-violent nature and bring all parties concerned to an amicable agreement allowing the Judge to dismiss the court action. All other cases that fall under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Court are adjudicated by the Judge.
1. All traffic summons must be paid by the date on the front of the summons.
2. If the "Court Appearance Required" box is checked, the defendant must appear in court.
3. If a defendant wishes to enter a "not guilty" plea, the court must be notified within seven (7) days of the court date.
4. If a traffic summons is being paid and the amount of the fine is not on the summons, call the court for the correct fine amount.
5. If paying by mail and a receipt is required, a stamped, self-addressed envelope must accompany the payment.
6. In matters concerning criminal complaints, all defendants must appear in court to be arraigned by the Judge unless their attorney waives that initial appearance in writing.