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Criminal Division

Hon. Stuart A. Minkowitz, P.J.Cr.

Daniel J. Kenny, Division Manager
(973) 326-6995
Leslie Darcy, Assistant Division Manager (Sussex)
(973) 579-0765

Under the direction of the presiding judge, the criminal division is responsible for managing and processing of all indictable complaints from arrest to disposition. The division provides the support needed for the criminal courts to function efficiently.

The Criminal Division is responsible for handling:

  • Emergent Bail Matters
  • CJP – Criminal Judicial Processing
  • Drug Court
  • Public Defender Determination
  • Pre-Indictment Conference (PIC)
  • Pre-Arraignment Conference (PAC)
  • Pre-Sentence Investigations (PSI)
  • Pre-Trial Intervention Program (PTI)
  • Treatment Assessment Service for the Courts (T.A.S.C.)
  • Municipal Appeals
  • Scheduling of all court events
Morris County Location:
Morris County Courthouse
Washington and Court Streets
Morristown, NJ 07960
Frequently Called Numbers:
Intake/ CJP: (973) 326-6959
Drug Court: (973) 326-6997
Records: (973) 326-6968
Sussex County Location:
Sussex County Judicial Center
43-47 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Frequently Called Numbers:
Intake (973) 579-0933
CJP: (973) 579-0639
Drug Court: (973) 326-6997
Records: (973) 579-0913

CJP – Central Judicial Processing (CJP):

Under the rules governing New Jersey courts (R.3:4-2), all defendants charged with an indictable complaint must appear before a judge to be informed of the charges against them and to arrange/review bail, if appropriate. The majority of first appearances take place at Central Judicial Processing (CJP).

Defendants noticed by an arresting agency to appear at CJP should arrive at the county courthouse at 8:30 a.m. Defendants will complete an intake interview with a criminal division probation officer, meet with a member of the public defender’s office and appear before a municipal court judge. During the CJP event the judge will review the charges, review the bail, confirm the defendant’s address and contact information on the record, review the defendant’s attorney representation, and schedule the case for an Early Disposition Conference.

Please note that per an agreement with the county public defender’s office, all defendants noticed to appear at CJP may be represented by the public defender for their first appearance, regardless of whether they qualify.

For more information please call:
Morris: (973) 326-6959
Sussex: (973) 579-0639

Drug Court Program:

Drug Court is a cooperative effort between the Courts and prosecutors, public defenders and drug treatment service providers. The court recognizes the need to provide appropriate clinical services to substance abusing clients at the initial stages of their case. Drug Court clients must be legally and clinically approved to be eligible for Drug Court services. Drug Court stresses intensive community supervision and weekly interaction with a Drug Court judge and may include sanctions to monitor clients’ therapeutic progress. Drug Court strives to effect positive change in the lives of substance abusing clients who appear before the court.

For more information please call:
Morris/ Sussex: (973) 326-6997

Early Disposition Conference:

The Early Disposition Conference (EDC) was developed in an effort to dispose of criminal cases more efficiently. The program was established in Morris County on April 22, 1991. The program is based on the philosophy that the sooner defendants can address their charges and have the case disposed, the greater the benefit to society and the individual. Cases are screened by the criminal division and the prosecutor’s office to eliminate those cases that will likely be dismissed or remanded to municipal court, along with those that will be granted expedited admission into Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI). The remaining cases are reviewed by an EDC panel made up of detectives and assistant prosecutors who determine whether a plea agreement will be offered and what the plea offer will be.

EDC hearings are then held before a criminal division judge, in the presence of the defendant, defense counsel and the prosecutor. The prosecutor may recommend that the case be dismissed, remanded or the defendant accepted into PTI, which would dispose of the case. Alternatively, the defendant may be asked to plead guilty or not guilty to the charges. If the defendant pleads not guilty, the case will be forwarded to the grand jury for indictment proceedings. If the defendant pleads guilty and accepts the EDC plea offer, the case is disposed of at this stage. The advantage of the plea offer made at the EDC is that it is guaranteed to be the lowest plea offer that will be made by the Prosecutor’s Office.

For more information please call:
Morris: (973) 326-6959
Sussex: (973) 579-0639

Pretrial Intervention Program:

The Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) is mandated under N.J.S.A. 2C:43-12 and -13 and R. 3:28. PTI serves as an alternative to the traditional process of prosecuting criminal defendants. PTI seeks to provide rehabilitative services early in the criminal justice process to rehabilitate or correct the behavior that led to the offense. Participation in PTI is not an admission of guilt. If PTI is successfully completed, there is no record of a conviction. Any defendant who is charge with an indictable offense may apply for admission to PTI. However, PTI is normally limited to first-time offenders of third or fourth degree crimes who have not had prior rehabilitative opportunities. Criminal division staff members process the application for PTI, which includes an interview with the defendant. A report is prepared detailing the decision for admittance or rejection into PTI and it is forwarded to the prosecutor and defense counsel. A defendant is accepted into PTI on the recommendation of the criminal division and with the consent of the prosecutor and the defendant. Upon acceptance into the PTI program, the conditions of the PTI program are enforced by the probation division of the Superior Court. Upon admission, the applicant is assigned a probation officer, who is responsible for enforcing all the conditions agreed upon by the applicant when admitted into the program.

For more information please call:
Morris/ Sussex: (973) 326-6950

Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (S.L.A.P.):

The Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (S.L.A.P.) is a post-adjudicatory program that involves the criminal division. This is a collaborative effort between criminal division judges, the sheriff’s office and the prosecutor. A defendant sentenced to the county correctional facility may be sentenced to the Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program instead. The privilege may be revoked by the county correctional facility administrator for failure to comply with the program rules and regulations.

For more information please call:
Morris: (973) 326-6959
Sussex: (973) 579-0639

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