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Municipal Court Information

NEW COURT START TIME - EFFECTIVE 1/23/17, THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL COURT WILL BEGIN AT 1:00 P.M. INSTEAD OF 5:00 P.M. ON MONDAY'S

 Hanover Township Municipal Court
1000 Route 10, Whippany, NJ 07981
Phone: (973) 428-2519
Municipal Court Hours:     Mon-Fri 9:30AM to 4PM
Court Sessions:     Mondays 5:00PM (Effective 1/23/17, 1:00pm)
Judge:     Honorable Brian O’Toole
Court Administrator:     Lisa Conover
Deputy Court Administrator:     Lauren Dalgauer and Denise Buoye

Plea of Not Guilty:
If you intend to plead not guilty to a Summons and Complaint and have a trial, you must notify the Court,
whose address and telephone number are on the home page and on the back of the summons, of your intention
prior to the notice to appear date on the bottom of the summons. If you fail to notify the Court, it may be
necessary for you to make 2 court appearances.

Court Appearance Required:
If "Court Appearance Required" is checked on your Summons and Complaint, you must appear in court at the time
and date indicated on the bottom of the summons, even if you wish to plead guilty. If "Court Appearance Required"
is not checked on your Summons and Complaint, you may still have to appear in court if the charge is not listed on
the State or Local Violations Bureau Schedule.

Plea of Guilty: Payment Through Violations Bureau:
If you wish to plead guilty and give up your rights to have a lawyer and a trial you may do so provided "Court
Appearance Required" has not been checked on your Summons and Complaint and provided the charge is listed on the
Violation Bureau Schedule. The more frequently charged offenses are listed in the &Fines" section. You may also
telephone the Court to determine whether other offenses are listed and the amount of the penalty. If the Violations
Bureau is authorized to dispose of the charge, bring or mail the Summons and Complaint, together with payment in
the amount of the prescribed penalty, to the Violations Bureau at the address indicated prior to the court date on
the bottom of the Summons and Complaint.  If payment is made by mail, DO NOT send cash but send check or money order
payable to this Municipal Court. If payment is received by the Violations Bureau after the appearance date, you may
be assessed additional penalties. A receipt will be sent to you ONLY if your payment is accompanied by a self-addressed,
stamped envelope.

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC DEFENDER

If you intend to plead not guilty and wish to have the Public Defender represent you in your matter before the Judge,
you may obtain the application at the Violation Bureau, Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, before your Court
Appearance Date or at the Court date on your Summons and Complaint. Complete the application with all your information.
The Judge will review you request. If the Judge approves the Public Defender to represent you, there is a fee of not
more than $200.00 for the Public Defender's services. This fee MUST be paid before your trial date.