What to Expect in Court

Important Note: If you plan to plead "not guilty" to a ticket (summons) that is not checked "court required," you must call the court office in advance to schedule your court appearance.

Court Sessions

In accordance with R-7:14-3a, the court session is conducted as follows:

  1. Application for adjournments
  2. Arraignments and first appearances
  3. Guilty Pleas
  4. Contested Matters With Attorneys
  5. Contested Matters Without Attorneys
  6. All Other Contested Matters

Courtroom Standards

  • No weapons are permitted in the courtroom or the municipal building.
  • Please remain seated quietly in the courtroom. Proceedings are taped and any background noise may cause interference on the tapes.
  • Food, drink or gum chewing is not permitted in the courtroom. Newspaper reading is not permitted while court is in session.
  • Smoking is prohibited by law in all government buildings.
  • Please avoid bringing small children to court. If you must bring them, please be prepared to wait outside the courtroom until your case is called.
  • Please wear suitable clothing to court. Shirts and shoes are required. Hats are not permitted.
  • When your name or the case you are involved in is called, come forward to the podium to speak to the judge. Do not approach the bench at any time.
  • Turn cell phones and pagers off or to vibrate.