Municipal Court

The Vineland Municipal Court handles all criminal complaints, ordinance violations, and traffic tickets issued in the city.  The court schedules cases for hearings, accepts bail, and maintains records of criminal and traffic tickets for attorneys, defendants, residents, and the general public.

Individuals must meet eligibility criteria for the services of the municipal Public Defender.  A defendant is only entitled to be represented by the Public Defender when:

  • The charge presents a risk of the defendant going to jail, losing driving privileges, or receiving a substantial fine, and
  • The court determines that the defendant is unable to afford an attorney.

The defendant will be required to complete an application form that can be obtained from the court. The court may charge an application fee. The Judge will review the application and decide if the defendant qualifies for a Public Defender. The Judge may require the defendant to bring in proof of income or employment (tax returns, pay stubs), and may verify the information.

Court Administrator’s Office Hours

Regular Office Hours:
Monday and Tuesday – 8:45 am to 4:00 pm
Wednesday – 8:45 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday – Closed to the public. If you need assistance, please call 856-794-4214.
Friday – 8:00 am to 12:00 Noon for walk-in service, and 1:00 pm for phone service.

Please Note court hours are subject to change during Inclement Weather. Please visit the City of Vineland website for updates.

Court Sessions

For all court appearances, we recommend that you arrive as early as possible.

Monday
Morning session begins at 9:00 am
Afternoon session begins at 1:30 pm

Wednesday
Morning session begins at 9:00 am
Afternoon session begins at 1:30 pm
Evening session begins at 5:00 pm

Traffic tickets can be paid online at www.njmcdirect.com.

Municipal Court Staff

  • Chief Judge – Guy Killen
  • Judge – Demetrica Todd-Ruiz
  • Court Director – Rachele D’Ippolito
  • Court Administrator – Damaris Cortes
  • Deputy Court Administrator – Richard Tonetta, Jr.
  • Municipal Prosecutor – Thomas Corrigan, Esq.
  • Public Defender – Alfred Verderose, Esq.

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