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Introduction to New Jersey Municipal Court Practice

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  • Online Access
  • Smartphone
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The Municipal Courts, though of limited jurisdiction, has its own rules and systems. It is therefore incumbent upon attorneys to understand the inner workings of the Municipal Court, its policies and procedures and to adhere to them.

This CLE course will introduce attorneys to the Municipal Court System in NJ and explain New Jersey Court Rule Section 7, charges cognizable in Municipal Court, the framework for complaints, and how to navigate procedural issues, failure to appear, guilty pleas, filing motions, pretrial motions, plea bargains and trial procedures, sentencing and appeals.

Lecturer Bio

James G. O’Donohue, Esq.

James G. O’Donohue is a partner in the Princeton, N.J. office of Hill Wallack LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Division, Insurance Coverage, Trial & Insurance Defense and Regulatory & Government Affairs Practice Groups. He concentrates his practice in general litigation, government affairs and insurance defense. He has substantial litigation experience in both the state and federal courts. He is also partner-in-charge of the firm’s Family Law Practice Group. Representative Matters •Serves as general counsel and advises various governmental entities on the state, county and local level •General Counsel to the New Jersey Association of Counties and the Borough of Bound Brook •General Counsel to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority •Previously served as a criminal prosecutor and a special prosecutor •Served as a Police Benevolent Association Attorney •Represented individuals and entities before the State Commission of Investigation and the Office of Inspector General Mr. O’Donohue is admitted to practice in New Jersey (1984) and before the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (1984) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1991). Before joining Hill Wallack LLP, Mr. O’Donohue practiced in Westfield, New Jersey concentrating in medical malpractice, insurance defense and general litigation. Mr. O’Donohue served as law clerk to Judge William T. Walsh of the Massachusetts District Court, Appellate Division. He also served as law clerk to Judge Michael R. Imbriani of the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey. He earned his law degree from Western New England School of Law, cum laude and is a graduate of Upsala College, magna cum laude.

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