Ocean County Criminal Division
120 Hooper Avenue,
Toms River, NJ 08754
(732)929-4780

OVERVIEW OF THE CRIMINAL DIVISION

The Criminal Presiding Judge and the Criminal Division Manager work closely to manage the division. The six judges assigned to the division disposed of more than 3800 indictments in 2014. and processed nearly 4000 defendants.
There are two key operational units in the division:

1. Criminal Case Management Office - Staff from this office interview criminal defendants in jail and at liberty to gather and provide information to the court. judges. Such information obtained through these interviews investigations are used to determine a defendant's eligibility for the services of a Public Defender, as well as a bail reduction consideration, and admission to the Pre-Trial Intervention Program. The Pre-Trial Intervention Program (PTI) allows certain offenders to earn a dismissal of the charge(s) by participation in the program, for a period of up to three years. Requirements may include payment of restitution/penalties, performing community service, substance abuse/mental health counseling, urine testing, and regular reporting to a Probation Officer. Upon successful completion of the PTI program, the charges/Indictment/Accusation will be dismissed, however the participant will need to file for an expungement to remove the arrest record.

Defendants who enter guilty pleas or are convicted at trial have a Pre-Sentence Investigation conducted by a Probation Officer. This report outlines the defendant's background and their involvement in the offense. The report assists the court in sentencing defendants and is used by classification personnel in the Probation Division, County Jails and State Institutions. A substance abuse evaluator interviews defendants and advises the court on appropriate treatment alternatives. The Criminal Division also operates a Drug Court which is a very specialized team process designed to address non-violent drug related cases. Drug Court is rigorous, requiring intensive supervision based on frequent drug testing and court appearances, along with tightly structured regimens of treatment and recovery services.

2. Criminal Case Processing/Records Office – Case Processing staff are responsible for the scheduling of all criminal cases, including motions, PTI appeals, bail hearings, sentences, and trials. The Records office processes municipal appeals, expungements, record requests, gun permits, and post conviction relief motions. court dates, change of address, notices of appearance/substitutions of attorney, and Judgments of Conviction. Staff are also responsible for the safe keeping of criminal files and data entry into the computer system (PROMIS GAVEL). 

Judges and Managers of the Ocean Vicinage
Criminal Division
Toms River, NJ

Wendel E. Daniels, P.J.Cr.P.
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #12 Justice Complex
732-929-2171

James M. Blaney, J.S.C.
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom # 3, 100 Hooper Avenue
732-506-5375

Joseph L. Foster , J.T.C., (t/a)
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #6, 100 Hooper Avenue
732-929-4706

Rochelle Gizinski , J.S.C.
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #11 Justice Complex
732-831-7935

Patricia B. Roe, J.S.C.
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #17 Justice Complex
732-288-7890

Linda J. Baxter, J.S.C. (Retired)
On Recall
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #16 Justice Complex
732-288-7662

Michelle L. Tierney , Criminal Division Manager
Trial Court Administrators Office
Room 240 Justice Complex
732-929-2042

Wayne Lagerquist, Asst. Criminal Division Manager
Criminal Case Management Office
Room 221 Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Maria DeRose, Court Services Supvr. IIJudge Roe
PTI / Pre-Indictment / Pre-Arraignment

Room 221, Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Kellie Duff, Court Services Supvr. IIJudges Blaney & Baxter
Room 221, Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Heather Hynes, Court Services Supvr. II Judge Foster 
Drug Court, Treatment Assessment Services for the Court (TASC)
Room 221, Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Jill Potter – Court Services Supvr. IIJudges Gizinski & Daniels, Bail/Intake
Room 221, Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Kimberly Borghoff - Court Services Supvr. I
Criminal Case Processing Office/Records
Room 220 Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Tara Nelson - Court Services Supvr. I
Criminal Case Management Office/First Appearances
Room 221 Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Chris Williams - Court Services Supvr. I
Criminal Case Processing Office/Drug Court
Room 220 Justice Complex
732-929-4780

 

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