COMMERCIAL TOWNSHIP JOINT MUNICIPAL COURT

Honorable Edward F. Duffy
Judge

Maryann Sheppard
Municipal Court Administrator
(856) 785-3100 Ext. 316

OFFICE HOURS

8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

(Due to the generation of mandatory daily reports
no payments will be accepted after 3:30 P.M.)

COURT SESSIONS

1st and 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:00 P.M.*

*Court times and dates are subject to change.

Payments can be mailed to:

Commercial Township Joint Municipal Court
1768 Main Street
Port Norris, NJ 08349

Procedure when mailing payment

Be sure to enclose your summons or complaint number on the check or money order. If you do not have your summons or complaint number, please include your full name, date of birth, social security number and driver’s license number with your payment. Please do not mail cash.

Procedure for payment at window

Payment must be received before 3:30 P.M. each day. You will need to bring your summons or complaint with you. If you do not have your complaint, be prepared to provide the court with your full name, date of birth, social security number, and driver’s license number. The court office only accepts checks, money orders or cash. Credit card payments are not accepted.

For online payments log onto:
www.njmcdirect.com

(Online payments may be made for traffic tickets only)

For Motor Vehicle Commission
Information/Violation Points:
Telephone (609)292-6500 or log onto:
www.state.nj.us/mvs

New Jersey Court System Mission Statement

We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the constitution and laws of the United States and this state.

Court Policies

Absolutely no cell phones or pagers are permitted in the court room – Judge’s Orders.

Court staff will be happy to assist you in any way we are able. However, there are certain things we can or cannot do. These things are listed below:

WE CAN:

• We can tell you what the requirements are to have your case considered by the courts.
• We can explain and answer questions about court procedures.
• We can give you some information from your case file.
• We can provide you with samples of court forms that are available.
• We can usually answer questions about court deadlines.

WE CANNOT:

• We cannot give you legal advice. Only your lawyer can give you legal advice.
• We cannot tell you whether or not you should bring your case to court.
• We cannot give you an opinion about what will happen if you bring your case to court.
• We cannot recommend a lawyer, but we can provide you with the phone number of the local lawyer referral service.
• We cannot talk to the judge for you about what will happen in your case.
• We cannot let you talk to the judge outside of court.
• We cannot change an order issued by a judge.

PLEA OF NOT GUILTY

If you intend to plead not guilty to the offense charged, and have a trial, you must notify the Court Administrator seven (7) working days prior to the court date indicated on the front of the complaint. Notice to the court is necessary, irregardless of the charge you may be appearing for. If you do not advise the court of your intent to appear, and come in on a court date unannounced, the court may not be able to proceed with your case and a new court date may be given.

All municipal court proceedings are tape recorded and quiet in the courtroom is vital. Therefore, it is necessary that all cell phones and pagers be turned off or placed in silent/vibrate mode.

If you appear in court and plead guilty or are found guilty to an otherwise payable violation, the Violations Bureau Schedule no longer applies and the judge may impose additional fines and costs.