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Honorable H. Robert Switzer, Judge
Therese B. Collins, Court Administrator
Claudia Perez, Deputy Court Administrator
Cynthia Balliet, Clerk
Deanna Bardello, Clerk
Diane Cafero, Clerk
Barbara Kimmins, Clerk
Dawn Simpson, Clerk
Sarah VanSeeters, Clerk

Marc J. Nehmad, Municipal Prosecutor
Samuel A. Curcio, Public Defender

Phone: 609-926-4195
Fax: 609-926-4001
Email: Court@ehtgov.org

Links

Appeal Packet

Expungement Package

NJ Courts

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission

NJ MVC POINT SYSTEM

Pay a Ticket

Records Request Form

Documents

Bail Waiver

Fresh Start

Court is held as follows:

Monday 9:00 a.m. Arraignment Session
  1:00 p.m. Contested Session
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Special Session
Thursday 4:30 p.m. Contested Session
Friday 9:00 a.m. Contested Session
  1:00 p.m. Arraignment Session

For helpful information regarding the court system, to pay a payable traffic summons, to check on your court date, or for information regarding points which may be assessed to you as a result of your traffic summons, please go to the New Jersey Judiciary Home Page at www.njmcdirect.com

To use the Bail Waiver, you must have:

1. Received a legal court notice with a date to appear in this court to answer to a non-payment of fines warrant for a previously answered to summons or complaint; and

2. Have posted bail in the full amount of the warrant.

You may choose to waive your right to a court appearance and plead guilty to contempt for failure to pay your fines.  To do so, please:

Click on the link;

Print, fully complete and sign the Bail Waiver for non-payment of fines;

Include a copy of a form of identification (a copy of your driver’s license);

Return both to this Court.

To receive a receipt, include a postage-paid, self-addressed envelope.

Of course, should you have any questions, please call the Egg Harbor Township Court.

 

YOUR RIGHTS IN THE MUNICIPAL COURT OF
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY

The Municipal Court of Egg Harbor Township, desires that you receive a full and fair hearing. In order to do so you should be aware of the following facts;

1. You are presumed to be innocent until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

2. You have the right to be represented by an Attorney.

3. You have the right to obtain a postponement for good cause, or to obtain legal counsel and prepare a proper defense.

4. You have the right to testify or not to testify in your own defense.

5. You have the right to call witnesses or have them ordered to appear by this court.

6. You have the right to plead guilty or not guilty to any charge against you.

7. You have the right to appeal if you are not satisfied with the judgment of this court.

When your case is called, please come forward, quickly and quietly. You will then have the charges read to you and “you may plead “guilty” or “not guilty”.

This is not the time to tell your story; you will be given an opportunity to do so at a later time in the proceedings. The only purpose of asking you to plead guilty or not guilty is to determine whether you want a trial and have the judge decide whether you violated the law as charged. If you are in doubt enter a plea of “not guilty”.

What happens when you plead guilty? When you plead guilty, it is not necessary to have a trial. You have admitted that you have violated the law and all that remains is for the judge to fix the penalty. The arresting officer or other complainant will explain briefly the circumstances of the violation and you may then explain to the court any extenuating circumstances, The judge will then assess the penalty.

If you plead not guilty, you and the witnesses will be placed under oath to speak the truth. It is necessary for the prosecution to prove the charges made against you before it is necessary for you to answer to those charges. You, or your counsel have the right to ask of the Prosecution’s witnesses any questions pertaining to the charges.

When the prosecution has finished, you may then present your own witnesses, or testify on your own behalf. You are not forced to testify against yourself, but you may testify if you so desire. Any evidence you give may be used by either side. If you do testify, the prosecution then has the right to ask you any questions concerning the charges.

When all the witnesses have testified, you or your attorney may tell this court why you think you should not be found guilty. If the court finds you guilty and you think the court is in error, you have 20 days within which to appeal. Appeals in practically all instances will be heard by the County Court of Atlantic County, New Jersey.

We strive to make a reality of the slogan “Equal Justice Under the Law”. Neither the judge nor any court personnel receives any part of the fines or costs assessed. The efficiency of the traffic court is measured by the numbered of accidents and deaths upon our streets and highways. You can help by driving more carefully for mutual protection and for your personal safety.

Damages growing out of a collision cannot be adjudicated by this court. This court is only concerned with violations of the State statutes and municipal ordinances. Damages are a civil matter and will have to be tried in a civil court.

While it is constant endeavor of the municipality and the judge to see that no advantage is taken of your unfamiliarity with these matters, they cannot be expected to serve as your legal counsel.

Every person has the right to make his own defense without counsel, but if you are in doubt as to your proper course, it is recommended that you consult an attorney.

If you will follow these suggestions, your case can be handled more efficiently.

Hon. H. Robert Switzer, J.M.C.

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Egg Harbor Township Municipal Building is located at:
3515 Bargaintown Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
609-926-4000 Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Copyright © Township of Egg Harbor

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