New Jersey Court Records

What is Included in New Jersey Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

New Jersey Court Record Lookup

Copies of New Jersey NJ court records can assist in executing the legal orders of a judge, including establishing child support payments, claiming an inheritance, evicting a tenant, enrolling in a treatment program, finding out NJ criminal records or clearing a driving record in New Jersey. These documents are public record and can be requested by anyone, they can be viewed by conducting a New Jersey court records search.

Courts of limited jurisdiction

New Jersey’s 539 municipal courts handle only violations of municipal ordinances and traffic violations. 

There were over 8 million cases filed in municipal courts in a recent year, including over 32,000 DUI charges, which can be viewed via New Jersey court case lookup.

The state’s tax court hears appeals of decisions made by the Board of Taxation.

Trial court

The superior court is the general jurisdiction court that hears criminal and civil cases. A specialized family division oversees cases of New Jersey child support and custody cases, neglect, paternity, domestic violence, guardianship, foster care, and adoption.

Statewide, the trial courts received more than 47,000 criminal case filings and over 463,000 civil in a recent year.

Some records are restricted due to confidentiality laws, including those of juvenile cases and others in which victims of certain crimes are named.

Appellate courts

When one party disputes the decision of a lower court, the case may be appealed to the state’s intermediate appellate court, part of the superior courts. This body also hears appeals of tax board and state administrative agency decisions.

New Jersey supreme court is the state’s highest court, with jurisdiction over all cases in which capital punishment is the sentence, constitutionality is in question, or redistricting of voters is involved.

The intermediate appellate court received 5,600 cases and the supreme court received 1,200 petitions for hearings in a recent year. Anyone can obtain New Jersey court records online via performing New Jersey court record lookup.

Federal court

Bankruptcy cases, violations of federal law, class action lawsuits, and civil lawsuits involving more than one state are handled in U.S. District Court. Each state has at least one of these New Jersey courthouses. 

New Jersey Notable Court Cases

A case of note originating in New Jersey is that of New Jersey v. Adkins. The case was originally filed after a man (Adkins) was arrested and convicted for a DWI and his blood tested 0.157 BAC. A 2013 decision in Missouri v. McNeely by the U.S. Supreme Court stated that if a driver is suspected of driving drunk, "'the dissipation in a suspected drunk driver's blood is not an automatic exigent circumstance." And thus, without sufficient probable cause, police needed to obtain a warrant to conduct blood tests.

Adkins cited this decision when filing a pre-trial motion claiming the police should have obtained a warrant in his case and therefore blood results should be thrown out. The trial court agreed, and the state appealed the case to the New Jersey Supreme Court, which then sent it back to the trial court to determine if the police had probable cause to test Adkins' blood.


New Jersey Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 756,763
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 8,461
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 103%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 31,898

Civil Caseloads for New Jersey, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 4,121,372 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 8,461 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 103% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

Civil Court Incoming & Outgoing Cases 2012-2016

The number of civil court caseloads in 2016 has decreased since 2012, being 756,763 vs. 835,898, which is by 9.5 % lower than 5 years ago. The same picture is seen with clearance rates, it’s lower compared to 2012, by 8.0% being 782,212 compared to 849,826.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload

The caseload for small claims has decreased since 2012, going from 43,160 cases a year to 31,898 of 2016. The maximum limit of small claim charges has stayed the same at $3,000 in 2016 compared to the $3,000 that was registered 5 years ago.

Accordingly the small claims rate has decreased- 357 cases per 100 000 population compared to the 487 of 2012. The total percentage of civil caseloads accounts 10.9% for the state of New Jersey for 2016.

Criminal Caseloads by Type

Criminal Caseloads for New Jersey sum in 753,691 cases at the year end of 2016 which has a share of 68% of misdemeanor and 32% of felony charges. Total criminal cases have increased in New Jersey compared to the criminal caseload of 2012 - 719,316 cases. Felonies and misdemeanors have changed since 2012 by +6% and -5% accordingly.

The Proportion of Felony and Misdemeanor Caseloads

Criminal Incoming Court Cases by type 2012-2016

Criminal Caseloads Timeline

Domestic Relations Caseloads & Clearance Rates

The state’s domestic relations caseload has counted 247,042 cases which is 2,762 court cases per 100.000 population. It has decreased since 2012, the difference in caseloads is 32,846 for the last 5 years, being 279,888 in 2012.

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Civil Rights Day)Monday, January 15, 2018
Washington's BirthdayMonday, February 19, 2018
Good FridayFriday, March 30, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor Day Monday, September 3, 2018
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2018
Election DayTuesday, November 6, 2018
Veterans Day (Observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Day after ThanksgivingFriday, November 23, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

Supreme Court Caseloads & Clearance Rates

Appellate Division of Superior Court Caseloads