Welcome to Freehold Township Municipal Court. For most people, a visit to court is an intimidating experience. The purpose of this website is to explain the function of the court and what to expect if you need to make a personal appearance before the Judge.
Municipal Court Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
8:30 am to 4 pm except for court days
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8:30 am and 1 pm
Municipal court processes complaints filed against individuals who have been charged with traffic, local ordinance or disorderly persons violations. Charges of a more serious nature, i.e., indictable charges are initially filed with the municipal court and are then forwarded to the Office of the County Prosecutor. There it is determined whether the case will be disposed of at the county level, or if it will be downgraded and returned to the municipal court for disposition.
A brief explanation will be provided; however, if your questions remain unanswered, feel free to call the court at 732-294-2150. Court staff will be happy to be of assistance.
The municipal prosecutor represents the State, usually on complaints that are issued by law enforcement officers. Persons wishing to speak with the Prosecutor may do so at their scheduled trial date, when all of the involved persons are present. Since all parties must be present in order to resolve the matter, discussing a case with the Prosecutor prior to the scheduled date may not be productive.
In the case of citizen complaints, excluding shoplifting, the municipal prosecutor only represents the citizen complainant when the named defendant is represented by an attorney.
Defendants charged with offenses that carry potential penalties of consequence may wish to be represented by an attorney, but feel that they cannot afford one. An application for representation by the Public Defender may be presented to the judge for his review. The judge, following the guidelines established by the State, will determine an applicant's eligibility. An application fee of $0 to $200 will be assessed if the assigned counsel is granted.