We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted 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.
We will be a court system, characterized by excellence, that strives to attain justice for the individual and society through the rule of law. We will:
- Provide equal access to a fair and effective system of justice for all without excess cost, inconvenience, or delay, with sensitivity to an increasingly diverse society.
- Offer complementary methods of dispute resolution while preserving the constitutional right to trial by an impartial judge or jury and ensuring compliance with the results achieved through effective enforcement of court orders.
- Provide quality service that continuously improves, that meets or exceeds public expectations, and that ensures that all are treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect.
- Maintain the independence of the Judiciary while strengthening relations with the public, the bar, and the other branches of government.
- Acknowledge and enhance the potential of every person in our organization to contribute to the administration of justice through participation, training, and technology.
- Share a sense of common identity and purpose as a statewide Judiciary.
- Earn the respect and confidence of an informed public.
Statement of Core Values
Required to accomplish our mission are four paramount values representing the core of what we stand for as an organization:
- quality service
Municipal Courts of Mercer County Mission Statement
The municipal courts, considered the doorway to the state judiciary, are dedicated to creating and maintaining an independent, professional, environment where fair, efficient and knowledgeable service will be provided. Together, as a team of judges and skilled professionals, the Municipal Courts of Mercer County strive to ensure that all matters are resolved expeditiously, equitably and without bias in order to preserve the rule of law and the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.
Ewing Township Municipal Court is one of thirteen municipal courts in Mercer County (www.njcourtsonline.com). The municipal court is a local court created by state law, whose territory is confined to the municipality in which it is located. Practice and procedures are governed by New Jersey Court Rules. Ewing Township Municipal Court handles the following matters: violations of motor vehicle and traffic laws; violations of municipal ordinances; violations of Weights and Measures, Parks and Forests, Fish & Game, SPCA, disorderly and petty disorderly persons offenses. An offense is a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense and is heard in municipal court. Crimes are indictable charges and are designated as being of the first, second, third or fourth degree. They are sent to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office where it is decided 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). Court sessions are open proceedings and may be viewed by the public. There is no jury in a municipal court proceeding. Testimony is taken from the complainant, defendant and any witnesses, then a decision is rendered by the judge based on the facts presented and the law.
We hope this website will provide you with some insight into the procedures of the Municipal Court. The information that we are providing on this site is intended to aid you, the customer, in making informed decisions. Please contact this court if additional information is needed.