Township of Ocean/Borough of West Long Branch Municipal Court
399 Monmouth Road
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Phone: 732-531-5005 prompt 4 then 9
OFFICE HOURS : 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays
COURT SESSIONS: Township of Ocean Municipal Court Sessions are held every Tuesday.
BOROUGH OF WEST LONG BRANCH COURT:
COURT SESSIONS: Borough of West Long Branch Municipal Court Sessions are held the First, third and fifth Wednesdays of every month.
Municipal Court Sessions will be conducted virtually & remotely to minimize exposure to COVID-19.
For information regarding attending Municipal Court remotely please click on this link: "What to Do and What to Expect"
Prior to the court date, court users are directed to watch the New Jersey Municipal Court Opening Statement video. Please click on this link: Municipal Court Opening Statement
Due to the increasing concerns of COVID-19 exposure, any person that has a matter within the Township of Ocean/Borough of West Long Branch Municipal Court that is not facing a "Consequence of Magnitude" may submit a Plea by Mail form directly to the court by mail, fax or email. Click here for the Plea by Mail Form.
A "Consequence of Magnitude " would include a jail sentence, loss of license or fine exceeding $800. Common statutes that pertain to these penalties and cannot be taken care of by Plea by Mail include: 39:4-50, 39:3-40, 39:3-10, 39:4-129, 39:b-2. If you have a traffic ticket, a guilty or not guilty plea may be entered by a Plea by Mail. If you have a criminal or quasi-criminal offense, such as a township ordinance, only a guilty plea may be accepted by a Plea by Mail.
New Online Municipal Case Resolution - No Court Appearance Required!
Township of Ocean/Borough of West Long Branch Municipal Court now offers online tickets review to dispute certain moving violations through the ONLINE MUNICIPAL CASE RESOLUTION SYSTEM. By having a moving violation reviewed online, it is not necessary to make any court appearance. Simply visit njmcdirect.com and enter your ticket information to see if your offense is eligible, and select the option for Case Dispute. Only Eligible traffic tickets will be reviewed by a prosecutor and you will be notified with his recommendation. To see if you are eligible to have your matter reviewed online, please visit njmcdirect.com.
If your matter is not eligible, you can still request to have certain tickets heard in the Municipal Court virtually.
Please contact the court for instructions at 732-531-5005.
About the Municipal Court
The Municipal Court is a quasi-criminal court of limited jurisdiction that is under the supervision of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).
The judicial staff of the Municipal Courts are employees of the Township of Ocean but are governed by the rules of the court as determined by the State of NJ Supreme Court.
The original jurisdiction of all motor vehicle and criminal complaints is the Municipal Court. The Court hears non-indictable cases such as disorderly persons offenses, Township ordinances, S.P.C.A. violations, Weights & Measures infractions, as well as all motor vehicle summonses including D.W.I. violations.
Although more serious indictable complaints begin in the Municipal Court, they are forwarded to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office for disposition or remand. Domestic violence complaints are subsequently transferred to the Family Division of the Superior Court. You may contact either of these agencies for assistance at 732-358-8700.
The Township of Ocean and the Borough of West Long Branch Complaint Resolution Committees are staffed by mediators who are volunteers trained by the A.O.C. The function of the mediators is to resolve neighborhood disputes of a non-violent nature and bring all parties concerned to an amicable agreement allowing the Judge to dismiss the court action. All cases that fall under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Court are adjudicated by the Judge.
Mission Statement of the New Jersey Judiciary
We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrust
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.