Honorable Judge: Daniel F. Sahin
Certified Municipal Court Administrator/ADA: Tracey Figueiras
Tracey.Figueiras@njcourts.gov, P:  494-3984 / F:  494-3812
813 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City NJ 08008 / Monday – Friday 9am to 4:30pm
2023 Virtual Court Dates; Monday’s @ 10:00am
Surf City Municipal Court is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom Meeting.
June 12th: Registration
July 10th: Registration
August 14th: Registration
September 11th: Registration
October 23rd: Registration
November 13th: Registration
December 11th: Registration
About the Municipal Court
The Municipal Court is a quasi-criminal court of limited jurisdiction that is under the supervision of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). The judicial staff of the Municipal Court are employees of the Borough of Surf City but are governed by the rules of the court as determined by the State of New Jersey Supreme Court.
The original jurisdiction of all motor vehicle and criminal complaints is the Municipal Court. The Court hears all non-indictable cases such as disorderly person offenses, Borough ordinances, SPCA violations, Forest and Parks complaints, Weights and Measures infractions as well as all motor vehicle summonses including DWI violations. Although the more serious indictable complaints begin in the Municipal Court, they are forwarded to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for disposition or remand.
If you receive a ticket / complaint, there will be a court date or pay by date indicating when you need to appear. If the ticket says “Court Date” the violation requires a court appearance so you must appear on that date or contact the court if you cannot appear. If you have a pay by date the violation does not require a court appearance and payment can be made by mail, in-person or via www.njmcdirect.com.
If you wish to contest the violation you will need to contact the court for a court date so you can get a new court date to appear. When you call the court, you will be asked for your case number; if you don’t have the number you can search for that number online by visiting NJ Municipal Court Case Search. In addition to your case number, you will be asked to verify your name, address, phone number and email address. You will be provided a court date and will receive a confirming court notice.
On the day of court, you will have the opportunity to speak to the municipal prosecutor. Please note the first appearance is a status conference and the complaining witness / officer may not be present at the hearing. If a plea agreement is reached that information will be provided to the Judge, in which time he will accept your guilty plea and the case will be disposed that same day. If an agreement is not reached, your case will be rescheduled to allow you or the state the opportunity to provide any further documentation needed or to allow you time to consult with an attorney. If you wish to have a trial, the case will be rescheduled to a future date, at which time all parties will be required to appear.
Do I need to appear in court if I choose to plead guilty and pay the fine?
* If the Court Appearance Required box has not been checked on the complaint and if the charge is listed on either the Statewide Violations Bureau Schedule or the Local Violations Bureau Schedule, you may pay the fine either online or at the Court’s Violations Bureau window without appearing in court. The Statewide Violations Bureau Schedule is a list of state offenses that may be paid without going to court. The Local Violations Schedule is a list of municipal ordinances that may be paid without going to court. If you pay without going to court, you will be pleading guilty and giving up your right to a lawyer and your right to a trial. Court appearances are always required in criminal matters.
Online Municipal Court Resolution & Online Plea
* The state has launched a new program for certain traffic violations. If you wish to dispute your case without having to appear in court [virtual or in-person], visit www.njmcdirect.com. Please note you will need a copy of the ticket. Once you are on the state website, click on traffic ticket, enter the ticket information and click search. The ticket information will open up, if the violation is an eligible offense, it will give you 2 options; 1] Pay ticket 2] Select Dispute Case. Click on Dispute case and follow the instructions. Once submitted please remember to check your email daily, as you will have 5 days to respond once the prosecutor responds.
* If you wish to plead not guilty or guilty in certain traffic or parking cases or guilty in certain non-traffic cases please click, PLEA ONLINE option.
Online Eligible Offenses Case Resolution
Talk to the Prosecutor prior to your scheduled session
* You are encouraged to discuss your case with the prosecutor prior to your scheduled court date. Please contact the Surf City Municipal Prosecutor; Steven A. Zabarsky & Firm of Citta, Holzapfel & Zabarsky @  349-1600
* During court you will also be able to speak with the Prosecutor once you are admitted to the virtual court session. Please be patient, the Prosecutor will need to speak with everyone scheduled. After you speak with the Prosecutor in a break room privately, you will then be admitted back into the virtual session to speak with the Judge.
What do I do if I need an ADA accommodation or an Interpreter?
* Please advise the municipal court office in advance if you require an ADA accommodation. If you need the service of an interpreter, please notify the municipal court administrator prior to your court appearance.
Prior to your court appearance
* You are required to watch the “Official Municipal Court Opening Statement” “Espanol – Opening Statements” “Espanol – Opening Statement Introduction” & the “Attending Municipal Court Remotely: What to Do and What to Expect,” prior to entering your virtual court session.
* By entering the virtual session, you are certifying that you have watched both above videos.
Keys to a successful Virtual Zoom Meeting
* Set up in a closed room with no other voices or people
* Connect to the meeting using your legal first & last name
* Make sure you allow access for both audio & visual display
* If having problems; Sign in about 30 minutes early & someone will be able to help test your equipment
How to join Zoom?
* A microphone & live camera feed are required
* PC/Mac laptop/desktop – will require a browser which will run the zoom meeting.
* Smart phones – download Zoom Cloud Meeting app & allow access to your camera & microphone
* Dial in – dial into the session & appear by phone. Press *9 during the conference call, it would raise your hand if you called on for attendance.
What do I do after my court appearance?
* Once your payment options have been discussed with the Judge and if/when you are given fines in Municipal Court, we will set a Time Payment Order and forward the order to your current residence.
How do I pay my fines?
* You may pay online through njmcdirect.com
* You may pay at the Municipal Court payment window or by mail.
* Please remember we
only accept Cash / Check / Money Order
Law Agencies & Resources
* NJ DMV
P:  292-6500
* Surf City Police Non-Emergency
P:  494-8121
P:  882-2000
* Ocean County Intoxicated Driver Resource Center [IDRC]
P:  341-9700, Press 3 then 1.
* Community Service
P:  831-7999
* Ocean County Prosecutor
P:  929-2027
* Ocean County Jail
P:  929-2043
* As per AOC rules, audio and video recording of the proceedings are strictly prohibited both in-person and virtual. If you would like a copy of the proceedings, you can fill out a judiciary request form, which can be found at
* We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this State.
If you disagree with the judge’s decision, you may appeal, but if you appeal, you must file the appeal within 20 calendar days of your conviction. You will be required to pay a deposit that will be applied against the cost of preparing a transcript of the trial. You also will be required to pay a $100 filing fee. Ask the court staff to provide you with a copy of the appeal packet, “How to Appeal a Decision of a Municipal Court.” Information on representing yourself in an appeal is also available at njcourts.gov.
* Municipal Court Payment Alternatives
* Alternativas para los Pagos en los Juzgados Municipales
* Judiciary Records Request Form
* Financial Questionnaire / Public Defender Application
If you wish to be represented by the public defender, you must complete the above application and submit it to the court. In order to be eligible, you must be charged with a consequence of magnitude and your income must fall within the guidelines established. The Judge may require you to submit proof of your income. If approved there will be a fee assessed not to exceed $200. Municipal Public Defender; Debra Rumpf, Esq.
The Municipal Court accepts for filing all complaints. In order to sign a complaint for an offense that occurred within the jurisdiction of Surf City Borough. You need to come into the court office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please note we do not take complaints on court dates. You should have the following information with you:
– Name and address of person whom you wish to sign against
– Time and date of offense
– Statute number which relates to the offense
– License plate number and description of motor vehicle if you wish to sign a traffic summons
– A brief description of the incident
** Please note if you are using a phone or safari browser, you may need to copy to a pdf reader to utilize the fillable forms above**