What is Municipal Court:
It is through the Municipal Courts that most citizens in the State come into contact with the judicial system, either as a defendant, a victim, or a witness. Since most citizens will never appear before another court, it is from their experience in the Municipal Courts that most people base their conclusions about the quality of justice in New Jersey. The Municipal Courts in New Jersey are considered courts of limited jurisdiction, having responsibility for motor vehicle and parking tickets, minor criminal-type offenses (for example, simple assault and bad checks), municipal ordinance offenses (such as dog barking or building code violations) and other offenses, such as fish and game violations. A Municipal Court usually has jurisdiction only over cases that occur within the boundaries of its municipality. Many serious criminal cases, such as robbery, auto theft, or assault, start out as complaints filed in the Municipal Court but those cases are transferred to the Superior Court located at the county courthouse.
Mission, Vision and Core Values of the Judiciary:
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.
We will be a court system, characterized by excellence, that strives to attain justice for the individual and society through the rule of law. We will:
- Provide equal access to a fair and effective system of justice;
- Offer complementary methods of dispute resolution;
- Provide quality service that continuously improves public expectations;
- Maintain the independence of the Judiciary while strengthening relations with the public, the bar, and the other branches of government;
- Acknowledge and enhance the potential of every person in our organization to contribute to the administration of justice through participation, training, and technology;
- Share a sense of common identity and purpose as a statewide Judiciary;
- Earn the respect and confidence of an informed public, and
- To ensure that all are treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect.
Statement of Core Values
Required to accomplish our mission are four paramount values representing the core of what we stand for as an organization:
- Quality Service
The Honorable Peter Lange, Jr.
Christopher Koutsouris, Esq.
James Fattorini, Esq.
Stacy McBride, CMCA
Medford Municipal Court
91 Union Street
(Public Safety/Police Bldg.)
Medford, NJ 08055
Phone: (609) 654-8813
Fax: (609) 654-6132
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (unless otherwise posted)
1st Wednesday of every month beginning at 4:00 pm
2nd Wednesday of every month beginning at 8:30 am
3rd & 4th Thursdays of every month beginning at 8:30 am
*unless otherwise posted -- see above link for schedule
No postponements will be granted the week of court unless there is a medical emergency or family emergency. In which case documentation or a doctor's note will be required.