The Third Municipal District is organized by courtrooms, key dates, judicial assignments and standing orders. Under the “key date” system, each municipality is assigned certain day(s) of the month for its cases. The key date system allows police officers and other enforcement officials to attend court on a regular basis and still be able to carry out their other duties away from court. The judges assigned to these courtrooms rotate as assigned by the Presiding Judge.
Criminal felony cases and preliminary felony hearings are heard exclusively in three courtrooms by three assigned judges. Misdemeanor jury trials are heard on an assigned basis. Misdemeanor motions are heard weekdays at 1:30 by an assigned judge in one courtroom. A fifth courtroom hears only domestic violence matters, including felony and misdemeanor prosecutions, and civil orders of protection.
Civil cases are heard by assigned judges in three specific courtrooms (two jury rooms and one non-jury). Eviction cases are heard one day of the week (currently Thursdays by standing order) in the three civil courtrooms. Small claims by pro se litigants are heard on Fridays in Courtroom 206.
Domestic relations cases are heard in two dedicated courtrooms by two assigned judges of the Domestic Relations Division.
Juvenile matters are heard periodically as assigned by the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Division. Parentage cases and the Presiding Judge’s expungement call are heard in the remaining courtroom, which also serves as an additional courtroom as needed for jury and other trials.
Courtroom 108 Felony Preliminary Hearings at 9 a.m.
Bond Court for Misdemeanor Offenses at 10 a.m.
Bond Court for Felony Offenses at 1:30 p.m.
Courtroom 109 Felony Call at 9:30 a.m.
Courtroom 110 Felony Call at 9:30 a.m.
Courtroom 208 Felony-Mental Health Veterans Call second and fourth Tuesday of the month scheduled to begin at 9:30 am.
Traffic and Misdemeanor Cases
Court calls are 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Courtroom 101 Misdemeanor
Courtroom 102 Misdemeanor
Courtroom 103 Misdemeanor
Courtroom 104 Misdemeanor
Courtroom 107 Daily Misdemeanor Motion Call, Jury Call
Courtroom 201 Traffic and Ordinance Violations
Courtroom 202 Traffic and Ordinance Violations
Courtroom 203 Misdemeanor, Traffic and Ordinance Violations
Courtroom 208 Expungements first Wednesday of every month scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Courtroom 209 Misdemeanor, Traffic and Ordinance Violations
Courtroom 210 Misdemeanor, Traffic and Ordinance Violations
Regular Call and Motion Call are at 9 a.m.
All other matters as scheduled.
Courtroom 204 All Civil Actions including Law Division, Municipal Department
Courtroom 205 All Civil Actions including Law Division, Municipal Department
Courtroom 206 Civil and Miscellaneous Remedies Including Small Claims, Pro-Se Small Claims, Name Changes, Forcible Entry and Detainer (evictions) and Post Judgement Proceedings
Courtroom 208 Parentage, Thursday and Friday scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Domestic Relations Division
Courtroom 105 Dissolution of Marriage and Civil Union, Child Support, Custody and Visitation
Courtroom 106 Dissolution of Marriage and Civil Union, Child Support, Custody and Visitation
Domestic Violence Division
Courtroom 207 Domestic Violence Regular call begins at 9:30 a.m., Initial Orders or Protection begin at 9:30 a.m.
Courtroom 208 Returns on Orders of Protection are on Mondays and Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Juvenile Justice Division
Courtroom 030 Juvenile matters
Regular call is every Tuesday and begins at 9 a.m.