How can I appeal a decision of the court?

If you disagree with the judge's decision, you may appeal, but if you appeal, you must file the appeal within 20 calendar days of your conviction. You will be required to pay a deposit that will be applied against the cost of preparing a transcript of the trial. You also will be required to pay a $75 filing fee. Please download a copy of the municipal court appeals packet, "How to Appeal a Decision of a Municipal Court (PDF)". Information on representing yourself in an appeal is also available at the Judiciary's website.

Appeals from the Municipal Courts are heard at the county level in the Superior Court, Law Division. The Superior Court Judge reviews the transcript (produced from the audio recording of the trial) and any other evidence or legal papers from the trial and makes a decision regarding the case. New testimony or evidence are generally not admitted for the appeal.

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1. What is the Municipal Court?
2. What are my rights as a defendant in the Municipal Court?
3. Do I need to appear in court if I choose to plead guilty and pay the fine?
4. If I can plead guilty without going to court, how much will I have to pay?
5. How many points is my ticket?
6. What should I expect when I go to court?
7. What is a plea agreement?
8. What happens if I plead guilty in court?
9. What if I plead not guilty?
10. Can I use the Internet to find more information or to plead guilty and pay a fine?
11. If I am found guilty, what happens after court?
12. How can I appeal a decision of the court?
13. What happens when the court's orders are not obeyed?
14. What is mediation?