Salem County Criminal Court

Salem County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Salem County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Salem County.

Salem County Required Court Appearances

In Salem County, there are both required and non-required court appearances for the defendant. At a required or mandatory appearance hearing, the defendant is required to appear in person before the court. Failing to appear at your required hearing may result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest by the judge.

What is a Plea Agreement?

A plea agreement is a deal made between the prosecution and the defendant in a case, where the defendant agrees to plea guilty to a particular charge in exchange for some concession from the prosecutor. In practice, more than 90% of criminal cases end with a plea agreement.

Salem County Criminal Court

Salem County Criminal Court

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Salem County, after both the prosecution and defense have rested, the judge will give instructions to the jury and jury deliberations will begin. The jury will convence in a private room to discuss and deliberate the innocence or guilt of the defendant. Once the jury arrives at a unimanous decision, they will inform the judge that they have reached a decision. They will return to the court and the verdict will be read aloud. If the jury cannot reach a unaminous decision, the jury is said to be deadlocked and a mistrial will be declared in the case.

Can I appeal a guilty verdict?

If found guilty, a defendant may decide to appeal his case to an appelate court. The appellate court will not retry the case, they will examine the proceedings in the lower court to make sure they were done in a legal manner. The appellate court can either uphold the original conviction, or determine that due to errors made in the original trial, that there must be a retrial, resentencing or a complete dismissal of the charges.

Where will Salem County criminal case hearings take place?

Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Salem County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Salem County.

If guilty, who sentences the defendant?

If the defendant is found guilty after the trial, the defendent will be sentenced. In some cases, this can occur at the same hearing the defendant is found guilty in court, in other cases a separate hearing will be required. Often the prosecution will request a particular sentence for the defendant and the judge will determine whether to enforce this sentence or impose a different sentence for the defendant.

Who is the prosecutor for Salem County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Salem County criminal cases will either be a representative of Salem County or a representative from New Jersey. After reviewing evidence it is the prosecutor’s decision whether to file charges or drop a case. Most prosecutors have the ability to negotiate plea bargains, and determine how the case will be prosecuted.

What if I can’t afford an attorney?

The 6th Amendment guarantees you the right to an attorney whether or not you can afford one. If you cannot afford one, a public defender will be appointed by the court to represent you.

What happens in Salem County at an arraignment?

In Salem County the defendant is brought into court and informed by the judge of the charges that have been filed against them along with informing them of their rights. At this time, the defendant can plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, there will be no trial and the defendant may be sentenced immediately or at a later date. If the defendant pleads not guilty a trial date is set.

I need help for my Salem County criminal case

The best place to get information about your criminal case is from an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one to represent you which will assist in your case. For general information about your case the Salem County court clerk is able to provide general information about your specific case (e.g. date/time hearings, mandatory appearance, what will take place and what you will be required to do). The court clerk for Salem County will NOT be able to provide legal advice for your case, only an attorney can provide legal advice. The court clerk can provide legal information (like the information found on this website) about your case but cannot provide advice about what you should do in your legal manner.

What is the Burden of Proof?

The term “Burden of Proof” means that the prosecutor is required to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot provide proof of the defendants guilt, then the judge or jury in a trial must find the defendant not guilty. In the United States the principle innocent until proven guilty derives from this that the defendant is assumed innocent and the prosecution has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.

Jury by Trial Right

The US Constitution (Article 3 along with the 6th Amendment) ensures an accused defendant the right to a jury trial. This applies to crimes that have a $500 fine or a potential sentence of six months in jail (aka Serious Crimes). This right to trial by jury can also be waived by a defendant.

Salem County Criminal Court Locations

  • Salem County Superior Court

    Address: 92 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079
    Phone: 856-935-7510 Fax: 856-935-6551

  • Salem County Superior Court – Civil Division

    Address: Phone: 856-935-7510 Ext. 8214 (Landlord/Tenant, Small Claims) Fax: 856-935-6551
    Phone: 856-935-7510 Ext. 8393 (Civil) Fax: 856-935-6551

  • Salem County Superior Court – Criminal Division

    Address: 85 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079
    Phone: 856-935-7510 Ext. 8277 Fax: 856-935-8291

  • Salem County Superior Court – Family Division

    Address: 92 Market Street, Salem NJ 08079
    Phone: 856-935-7510 Ext. 8260

  • Salem County Surrogate’s Court

    Address: 92 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079
    Phone: 856-935-7510 Ext. 8121 Fax: 856-339-9359

  • Salem County Surrogate’s Court

    Address: 989 Centerton Road, Pittsgrove, NJ 08318
    Phone: 856-935-7510 Ext. 8121

  • Carneys Point Municipal Court

    Address: 303 Harding Highway, Carneys Point, NJ 08069
    Phone: 856-299-1013 Fax: 856-299-8926

  • Cumberland Salem Regional Municipal Court

    Address: 1325 Highway 77, PO Box 5098, Bridgeton, NY 08302
    Phone: 856-455-8722 Fax: 856-451-6489

  • Lower Alloways Creek and Elsinboro Municipal Court

    Address: 501 Locust Island Road, PO Box 157, Hancocks Bridge, NJ 08038
    Phone: 856-935-1549 Ext. 6170 Fax: 856-935-5638

  • Mid-Salem County Municipal Court

    Address: 25 West Avenue, PO Box 286, Woodstown, NJ 08098
    Phone: 856-769-2424 Fax: 856-769-3307

  • Penns Grove Municipal Court

    Address: 1 State Street, Penns Grove, NJ ?08069
    Phone: 856-299-0911 Ext. 4

  • Pennsville Township Municipal Court

    Address: 90 North Broadway, Pennsville, NJ 08070
    Phone: 856-678-8036 Ext. 2

  • Pilesgrove Joint Municipal Court

    Address: 1180 Route 40 East, Pilesgrove, NJ 08098
    Phone: 856-769-1275 Fax: 856-769-8483

  • Salem City Municipal Court

    Address: 129 West Broadway, Salem, NJ 08079
    Phone: 856-935-1734 Fax: 856-935-1439

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