The Municipal Court is located in the West Windsor Police building
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Plea of Not Guilty
If you intend to plead not guilty to an offense charged in a summons or complaint and have a trial, you must notify the Court Administrator at the above number and address, of your intentions at least 7 days prior to your scheduled court date. If you fail to notify the Court Administrator it may be necessary for you to make 2 court appearances.
Court Appearance Required
If "Court Appearance Required" is checked on a traffic ticket or local ordinance summons, you must contact the court and verify your appearance date and time, even if you plan to plead guilty. The court date written on the ticket may be changed by court personnel. If you receive a criminal summons to appear, you must appear on the date and time listed on the summons.
Payment Through Violations Bureau
If you wish to plead guilty and give up your rights to have a lawyer and a trial you may do so provided "Court Appearance Required" has not been checked on your summons/complaint and provided the charge is listed in the violations bureau schedule. The more frequently charged State and/or Local Violations Bureau offenses and associated fines are listed on your summons. You may also telephone the violations clerk to determine whether other offenses are listed on either the State or Local Violations Bureau Schedules and the amount of the penalty.
If the Violations Bureau is authorized to dispose of this charge, complete in full the Appearance, Guilty Plea and Waiver on your summons and bring or mail your summons, together with payment in the amount of the prescribed penalty, to the Violations Bureau at the address indicated below prior to the court date listed on the bottom of your ticket.
West Windsor Violations Bureau
PO Box 38
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Court Check In
Check in for court at the Violations Window. You should check in at least 1/2 hour before your scheduled court time, generally 3pm for afternoon court or 5pm for night court.
Court Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I miss my court date?
If you are scheduled for court and neglect to appear, you will receive notice from the court. The judge may fine you for your failure to appear. For repeated failure to come before the court, the judge will likely issue a warrant for your arrest, and your driving privileges may be suspended. Failing to appear before the judge is considered contempt of court, and any fines issued by the judge will be in addition to any fines you may incur from the original offense. The judge may also order your incarceration for contempt of court.
What if I move, and don't receive a court notice?
You are responsible for notifying the court at the above telephone number of any change in your address. Failure to notify the court may result in missed court dates and subsequent fines.
If I have a large fine to pay, can I pay it off a little at a time?
You may apply to the court for a time payment plan. Failure to comply with the terms of the time payment plan may result in a warrant for your arrest being issued.
I want to fight a ticket, but can't afford an attorney; will the court provide me with one?
The West Windsor Township Municipal Court offers a Public Defender for offenses that have the potential to result in serious penalties, such as license suspension, large fines and the possibility of jail time. For minor traffic offenses, you may hire an attorney at your own expense or you may defend yourself in court. Keep in mind that if you are applying for the Public Defender, you may be required to pay an application fee.