Ocean County Municipal Division

Hon. James A. Liguori, Presiding Judge of Municipal Courts
PO Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754
732-929-2042

Joseph A. Sclama, Municipal Division Manager
PO Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754
732-929-2042

Lisa A. Fischer, Administrative Specialist 4
PO Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754
732-288-7884

Lia C. Grasso, Administrative Specialist 3
PO Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754
732-288-7771

The Municipal Division consists of a Presiding Judge, Municipal Division Manager and support staff which make up the executive component.  The Municipal Division reviews court operations to ensure compliance with state legislation, court rules and directives as they relate to the municipal court.  The Municipal Division conducts thorough onsite annual reviews in each of the 33 municipal courts in Ocean County, as well as administrative and judicial in-session visitations.  The Municipal Division ensures that the courts are adhering to judiciary policies and procedures.  The Municipal Division provides ongoing advice, hands-on assistance and training to Municipal Court Judges and staff on a wide range of subjects, including case management and backlog efficiency.

It is through the Municipal Courts that most citizens in the state come into contact with the judicial system, either as a defendant, a victim or a witness.  The Municipal Courts are considered courts of limited jurisdiction, having responsibility for motor vehicle and parking tickets, minor criminal-type offenses, municipal ordinance offenses and other offenses, such as fish and game violations.

The Municipal Courts offer a Municipal Mediation Program.  This program provides for volunteers to act as impartial moderators to aid in a resolution of disputes between parties.

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