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Sign With Hand
Applicant Signature *
A jail term was imposed, however I am not in jail
A $100 Filing Fee is required, payable by check or money order to "Treasurer, State of New Jersey". This is separate from and does not include the fee required for the Court Transcript.
Restitution Amount
City
Email Address *
ZIP
If you were represented by an attorney, was he/she appointed by the court? *
County
City of
Trenton
How to Appeal a Court Decision
Mailing Address *
Title of Action - Plaintiff *
I am in jail confined at the following facility:
Prosecuting Attorney
Conviction Date *
A fine was assessed and has been paid
Jail Sentence (Length of Sentence)
Instructions
Last Name
Municipal Court Complaint/Ticket Number *
V.
City *
List the Name(s) and Address(es) of the Prosecuting Attorney(s) to whom you will be sending a copy of this application, as well as the copy of your Court Transcript. To order your transcript, use this online application.
In connection with this outcome, the following apply:
225 N. Clinton Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08607
609-989-3700
www.trentonnj.org
I certify that a copy of this Notice of Municipal Court Appeal form will been mailed or delivered to the Prosecuting Attorney(s), within the deadlines specified by the Rules of Court. In addition, I certify that I have contacted the Court Administrator of the Municipal Court stated above, before filing my Notice of Municipal Court Appeal, and I have ordered an original and a copy of the transcript of my proceedings. Additionally, if required, I have paid the transcript deposit specified by the Municipal Court Administrator to have the transcript produced.

I certify that the foregoing statements made by me are true. I am aware that if any of these statements made by me are not true, I am subject to punishment.

Defendant *
State
Law Firm Name
First Name
Phone Number
ZIP *
Fine (Specify Amount)
A fine was assessed and has NOT been paid
Certification
No fine was assessed
Applicant Information
Please select "Yes" to indicate that you have read and understood these instructions prior to completing this application *
Restitution (Specify Type)
Fee Schedule
Last Name *
On the Conviction Date listed above, I was convicted of the following offense(s) *
A fine was assessed and has been stayed pending appeal
Probation (Length)
Attorney Information
Case Information
New Jersey Court Rule 3:23-8(a) requires that when an appeal is filed, the original transcript must be filed with the Criminal Division Manager at the Superior Court and a certified copy with the Prosecuting Attorney.
How to Appeal a Decision of a Municipal Court Revised: 11/2014, CN 10559-English (How to Appeal a Decision of a Municipal Court) If you have been found guilty and have been sentenced by a Municipal Court judge and you want to appeal, then these instructions will show you how. Some reasons to file an appeal are: ● You believe the facts do not support the judge’s decision; or ● You believe the judge’s decision does not follow the law IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER: The Municipal Court must receive your Notice of Municipal Court Appeal form within 20 days (including weekends and holidays) from the date you were found guilty. There is a $100 filing fee plus a transcript fee which you must pay in advance. Both of these fees are non-refundable. If you were represented by a court appointed attorney in your Municipal Court proceeding, please consult with that person prior to filing your appeal. The assigned counsel can help you file your appeal. Note: These materials have been prepared by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts for use by self-represented litigants. The guides, instructions, and forms will be periodically updated as necessary to reflect current New Jersey statutes and court rules. The most recent version of the forms will be available at the county courthouse, your local Municipal Court or on the Judiciary’s Internet site www.njcourts.com. However, you are ultimately responsible for the content of your appeal. THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE YOU REPRESENT YOURSELF IN COURT DECIDE WHETHER TO GET A LAWYER The court system is often complicated and confusing. As a result, you may wish to consult with a lawyer before deciding whether to represent yourself in court. If you cannot afford a lawyer or do not know how to go about finding a lawyer, you can: ● Call the New Jersey Attorney Referral Office in your county; or ● Ask any of the State or County Bar Associations for names of lawyers who may be able to represent you at a reduced price NOTE: If you believe you qualify for a court-appointed lawyer, ask the court staff at either the Municipal or Superior Court for more information. The court staff can give you the forms needed to apply for a court-appointed lawyer. WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT IF YOU REPRESENT YOURSELF While you have the right to represent yourself in court, you should not expect special treatment, help or attention from the court. The following is a list of some things court staff can and cannot do for you. Please read it carefully before asking court staff for help. We can explain and answer questions about how the court works. We can tell you what the requirements are to have your case considered by the court. We can give you some information from your case file. We can explain and answer questions about how to fill out forms We can provide you with samples of court forms that are available. We can provide you with guidance on how to fill out forms. We can usually answer questions about court deadlines. We cannot give you legal advice. Only your lawyer can give you legal advice. We cannot tell you whether or not you should bring your case to court. We cannot give you an opinion about what will happen if you bring your case to court. We cannot recommend a lawyer, but we can provide you with the telephone number of a local lawyer referral service. We cannot talk to the judge for you about what will happen in your case. We cannot let you talk to the judge outside of court. We cannot change an order issued by a judge. COURT RULES ABOUT MUNICIPAL COURT APPEALS You can get additional information on how to file a Municipal Court appeal by looking up Rule 3:23 in the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey. Although this packet will walk you through the appeal process, you should consider reading this rule if you decide to file your own Municipal Court appeal. A copy of the rule book is available at the State Library in Trenton, law libraries, and at many of the county and municipal public libraries located throughout the State. STEPS FOR FILING YOUR APPEAL STEP 1: Fill out and submit this application (Notice of Municipal Court Appeal) The Municipal Court must receive this application no later than 20 calendar days (this includes weekends and holidays) after the date you were found guilty. If the Municipal Court does not RECEIVE the appeal form by the 20 day deadline, your appeal will not be heard. STEP 2: Fill out and submit FORM B (Transcript Request - Municipal Court) As part of the appeal process, you must order an original and a copy of the written record, also called a transcript, of your Municipal Court hearing. To order these transcripts, you must fill out our online application, or FORM B (Transcript Request - Municipal Court) and mail or deliver it to the Municipal Court where your hearing took place. NOTE: You will have to pay for the transcript in advance. This non-refundable fee depends on the length of your trial. Before you send or deliver the Transcript Request - Municipal Court form to the court, please call the court to get from them ● the estimated cost of the transcript and ● who the check should be written to If you cannot afford to pay for the transcript, ask court staff at either the Municipal or Superior Court how you can apply to have the transcript produced at court expense. One of the two transcripts you are required to order is for the Prosecutor and the other is for the Criminal Division Manager at the Superior Court. If you want a transcript for yourself, you should order a third copy when you place your original transcript order. STEP 3: Mail or deliver a copy of this application (Notice of Municipal Court Appeal) to the Prosecutor You must send a copy of this application to the Prosecutor no later than 5 days after you submitted the original copy to the Municipal Court. If you mail the form, instead of delivering it in person, you should send it certified mail, return receipt requested. In almost all cases the prosecuting attorney is the County Prosecutor. However, in some cases the prosecuting attorney may be a different person. To determine if the prosecuting attorney for your case may be someone other than the County Prosecutor, please refer to the section below, or at the end of this packet, labeled Determining the Prosecuting Attorney. STEP 4: Fill out FORM C (Certification of Timely Filing) Fill out the Certification of Timely Filing (FORM C) and attach it to a copy of this application. FORM C is your certification telling the court that you mailed the necessary papers on time and to the correct places. STEP 5: Mail or deliver a copy of this application (Notice of Municipal Court Appeal) and the original of FORM C (Certification of Timely Filing) to the Criminal Division Manager at the Superior Court You must send a copy of this application (Notice of Municipal Court Appeal) and the original of FORM C (Certification of Timely Filing) to the Criminal Division Manager at the Superior Court. The Superior Court must receive these forms no later than 5 days after the original copy of this application (Notice of Municipal Court Appeal) was received by the Municipal Court. If you mail the forms, you should send them in one envelope certified mail, return receipt requested. The copy of this application and the original of FORM C should be mailed or delivered to the Criminal Division Manager at the County Courthouse in the county where the original Municipal Court case was heard. This address can be found in the Directory of Superior Court Clerk’s Offices - Law Division contained in this packet. If you are not sure which county you should file your appeal in, ask someone at the Municipal Court for assistance. NOTE: A filing fee of $100 is required to file your Notice of Appeal with the Criminal Division Manager. Make the check or money order payable to the Treasurer, State of New Jersey. However, if you cannot afford to pay for filing the appeal, ask the court staff at either the Municipal or Superior Court how to apply for the waiver of the filing fee. Determining the Prosecuting Attorney Determining the Prosecuting Attorney - In order for you to file a copy of this application (Municipal Court Appeal) with the Prosecuting Attorney, you must first determine who the Prosecuting Attorney for your case will be when it gets to the Superior Court. It may be an attorney representing the Municipality where your matter was heard, the County Prosecutor or even an attorney from the office of the State Attorney General. Who the Prosecuting Attorney will be is determined by the nature of the case on which you are appealing. For example: ● If one or more of the charges on which you were found guilty and are appealing is a municipal ordinance violation, a copy of FORM A (Notice of Municipal Court Appeal) must be mailed or delivered to the Municipal Attorney for the town where the Municipal Court is located. Staff at the town’s main administrative building can provide you with the name and address of the Municipal Attorney. ● If your appeal is based on a claim that a State law, statute, rule, regulation, or an order by the executive branch of government is unconstitutional, then a copy of FORM A (Notice of Municipal Court Appeal) must be mailed or delivered to the Office of the Attorney General, at the following address: Office of the Attorney General R.J. Hughes Justice Complex 25 Market Street, P.O. Box 080 Trenton, NJ 08625 ● For all other matters, a copy of FORM A (Notice of Municipal Court Appeal) must be mailed or delivered to the County Prosecutor. This includes most traffic offenses and driving while intoxicated (DWI) violations. Please be aware that your case may require you to send a copy of FORM A (Notice of Municipal Court Appeal) to more than one Prosecuting Attorney. For example, if one of the charges is a municipal ordinance violation and another a speeding offense, then you will need to send a copy of FORM A to both the Municipal Attorney and the County Prosecutor. The Municipal Prosecutor, the local police department or Municipal Court staff can provide you with information on whether a particular charge is a municipal ordinance violation or a State law violation. Finally, if you are still unsure who the Prosecuting Attorney in your case will be, you may want to consider sending a copy of FORM A (Notice of Municipal Court Appeal) to the County Prosecutor, the Municipal Attorney, and the State Attorney General. Please refer to the Summary Table below for information on determining the Prosecuting Attorney(s). SUMMARY
If you are appealing: You must send notice to:
A Municipal Ordinance violation The Municipal Attorney for the town where the Municipal Court is located
A violation of State law, (i.e., a traffic violation, assault charge or most other matters) The County Prosecutor
The Constitutionality of the law, rule, regulation, or an Executive Order The Office of the Attorney General
If you are not sure who the Prosecuting Attorney will be Ask the Municipal Prosecutor or Municipal Court staff for help
How to Appeal a Decision of a Municipal Court A copy of the Notice of Municipal Court Appeal (Form A) must be sent to the Criminal Division at the Superior Court in the county where you are filing your Appeal.
Court Name
Community Service (Describe)
Phone Number *
The Municipal Court Judge found me guilty and ordered the following:
First Name *
Other Penalty (Please Specify)
No jail term was imposed
State *
Email Address
Driver's License Suspension (Length)
Mailing Address