What type of cases are heard in Municipal Court?
Cases heard in municipal courts are divided into four general categories:

- Violations of motor vehicle and traffic laws

- Violations of disorderly and petty disorderly persons offenses, (criminal matters which may result in fines or jail)

- Violations of Fish and Game laws, Parks and Forests, Weights and Measures, SPCA and Boating Regulations

- Violations of municipal ordinances (local laws)

More serious offenses, known as indictable offenses, are sent to the county prosecutors office. The County Prosecutor decides whether to present the case to a grand jury or to return the case to the municipal court as a less serious offense (a downgrade).

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1. What is the Municipal Court?
2. What type of cases are heard in Municipal Court?
3. When is a court appearance required?
4. How do I enter a Not Guilty Plea?
5. What happens on your day in court?
6. In what order are cases called?
7. What are "indictable charges"?
8. What happens at an "arraignment" or "first appearance"?
9. Who are the people involved in court?
10. Who is entitled to a public defender?
11. What is a Plea Agreement?
12. What happens during a trial?
13. What are the possible penalties?
14. What is mediation?
15. What is a Conditional Discharge?
16. How can I appeal my case?