To file any complaint with the Washington Township Municipal Court the event that prompted the complaint must have occurred within Washington Township. If the event that prompted the complaint occurred outside Washington Township, the complaint must be filed with the court having jurisdiction at that location.
The Municipal Court is not allowed to inquire about, or provide any information regarding the person you are filing the complaint against. That information may be obtained from the Division of Motor Vehicles.
The Court is not allowed to provide any legal advice. If you are unsure about what type of complaint, or what offense you want to charge the person with, it is prudent to consult with an attorney before proceeding.
To file any complaint with the Municipal Court, you must submit a completed Affidavit (PDF).
An Affidavit is a sworn statement of fact. The Affidavit describes the event in a factual manner. The Affidavit is used to determine Probable Cause.
Probable Cause are the facts that would lead a person of reasonable caution to believe that an offense has been committed and that the person being accused committed the offense.
The procedure for filing both traffic and criminal complaints are similar, but have specific differences.
If you plan to dismiss a complaint both you and the defendant MUST appear in court. A dismissal fee will be assessed against you. Be prepared to pay this fee before leaving the court.
You MUST come to court on the court date specified and for any date you receive notice to appear.