It is through the Municipal Courts that citizens in the State of New Jersey come into contact with the judicial system, either as a defendant, a victim, or a witness. Since most citizens never appear before another court, it is from their experience in the Municipal Courts that most people base their conclusions about the quality of justice in New Jersey.
The Municipal Courts are considered courts of limited jurisdiction, having responsibility for motor vehicle offenses, parking tickets, minor criminal-type offenses (for example, simple assault, bad checks), municipal ordinance offenses (such as dog barking or building code violations) and other offenses, such as fish and game violations. A Municipal Court usually has jurisdiction over only cases that occur within the boundaries of its municipality.
The current Judge of the Kearny Municipal Court is Thomas D McKeon. The Court Administrator is Melissa Murray. The balance of the staff consists of a Deputy Court Administrator, a Violations Clerk, an Assistant Violations Clerk and 1 Clerk positions.
The Judiciary provides uniform and extensive training to all Municipal Court Judges and personnel. The Court Administrator has obtained certification through a course of study the completion of a written and oral examination process allowing her to use the title of Certified Municipal Court Administrator.
Office Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday
Court sessions: Thursday mornings 9:00am
Monday evenings once a month 5:00 pm
DWI sessions twice monthly 9:00 am
Telephone: (201) 955-7410 (201) 955-7411