Qualifications to Become a Municipal Court Judge

Attorneys who are New Jersey residents and have practiced law for at least five years may be appointed to three year terms as Municipal Court Judges by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the council, or in some cases by the governing body. In joint Municipal Courts, which are courts serving more than one municipality, the appointment is made by the Governor with the advice and consent of the State Senate. Municipal Court Judges do not have tenure and are not subject to a mandatory retirement age, characteristics which distinguish them from other Judges in the Judiciary. The majority of the State's Municipal Court Judges serve only part-time and, as a result, are able to maintain private law practices, subject to the Rules of Court.