History is about to be made in Atlantic County.

The Central Municipal Court of Atlantic County will open on schedule this Monday, January 3, 2022.

The court is the first of its kind in New Jersey state history.

The initial consolidated court will handle more areas of responsibility then has previously been reported.

There are 9 participating communities, who will be joined by all cases in Atlantic County filed by the New Jersey State Police and the other state agencies m, such as the Division of Gaming Enforcement.

“We will be open and operational in January as promised,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson.

Dennis Levinson
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson

For your planning purposes, due to COVID-19, most court proceedings will continue to be conducted virtually with in-person court proceedings taking place once or twice per week.

Reminder, court will be held in the Criminal Court Complex at 4997 Unami Boulevard, Mays Landing, as necessary repairs are made at the (permanent) Central Municipal Court at 5901 Main Street in Mays Landing, at  the historic court house.

“Renovations to the courtrooms in our historic court building on Main Street in Mays Landing have been delayed due to supply-chain shipment issues for HVAC replacement equipment,” stated Levinson, “but Superior Court Assignment Judge Julio Mendez has given his permission for the temporary use of courtrooms in the Criminal Court Complex as needed.”

“Staff has been hired, summonses have been printed, and a new website is being launched,” he added. “We have worked extremely hard to bring this shared services initiative to fruition to help save money for our taxpayers and our towns.”

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The court officials have been selected as follows:

  • Timothy Maguire will serve as the Chief Judge of the Central Municipal Court.
  • Michele Verno, Richard Fauntleroy and Howard Freed will serve as Associate Judges.
  • Antoinette Tummon will serve as Court Administrator.

Additional key employees include: The deputy court administrators, violations clerks, municipal prosecutors and public defenders.

A hard won victory secured that The Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office will be in charge of security and transportation of prisoners, etc.

The 9 communities that are signed up for the Central Atlantic County consolidated court are:

  • Egg Harbor Township
  • Galloway Township
  • Hamilton Township
  • Linwood
  • Northfield
  • Ventnor
  • Estell Manor
  • Weymouth Township
  • Port Republic

For more information about the Atlantic County Central Court, you may visit: www.aclink.org/centralcourt

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