About 6 million cases are filed in New Jersey’s 539 Municipal Courts each year. The Municipal Courts are of limited jurisdiction and hear cases involving parking and motor vehicle violations; municipal ordinances; cases involving hunting, fishing and boating laws; disorderly person violations; and other minor offenses. Municipal Court decisions may be appealed to the Superior Court. A Superior Court judge will hear the case again (a Trial De Novo) based upon the evidence submitted during the Municipal Court hearing.

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