Last updated: November 22, 2013
Trenton is the capital of New Jersey and the geographic and judicial heart of the state. The city is home to the highest court in the state, the New Jersey Supreme Court, as well as several divisions of the Mercer County Superior Court and the Trenton Municipal Court.
If you have court business in Trenton, you may be scratching your head, wondering which of Trenton’s several court locations is the one you need. The list of courthouses below can help. It gives contact information for various courthouses in Trenton, including links to official websites with more information and notes about the types of court business each courthouse generally handles. Getting to the right court at the right time is very important, and this guide is a great place to start.
The Trenton Municipal Court has 27 sessions that handle 12 kinds of legal issues: arraignments, housing, traffic, parking, DWI, special sessions, motions, citizen complaints, citizen trials, criminal (generally misdemeanors), city ordinance violations, and truancy.
The civil courthouse hears all civil cases, including small claims, arising in Trenton and surrounding areas of Mercer County. The Mercer County General Equity and Probate Courts, as well as the Family Court, are also located here.
The criminal courthouse hears all criminal cases for indictable-level offenses. The City of Trenton Municipal Court hears cases for less serious criminal offenses. The Central Intake Unit and Adult Drug Court Program is also located here.
Tel: (609) 292-4837 (Supreme Court Clerk’s Office)
Tel: (609) 292-4822 (Appellate Division Clerk’s Office)
Note: The New Jersey Supreme Court is located on the 8th Floor, and the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court is located on the 5th Floor of the Justice Complex.
This courthouse hears cases for the U.S. District of New Jersey, including criminal and civil cases arising under federal law and bankruptcy cases.