• CJP court is Central Judicial Processing court, located in Hudson County, taking place at county courthouse in Jersey City.
  • CJP is the first step in a court case involving a felony.
  • The first purpose: the municipal court judge determines what the bail should be or if the defendant should be released to family on his own recognizance.
  • The second purpose: the court determines where and when any criminal felony case will be heard.
  • Criminal cases can be heard at the county court as a felony or it can be downgraded to a misdemeanor and heard at municipality/town court in Hudson County.
  • In any event, a conversation and retention of an experienced New Jersey criminal attorney prior to you or your family attending CJP court is a must.

Central Judicial Processing or CJP court is the first step in a court case involving a felony. Any case that involves a felony must be heard in CJP court, in Hudson County, which takes place over at the county courthouse in Jersey City. That court has two purposes.

First, the municipal court judge sitting in CJP court, determines what a criminal defendant’s bail should be or if that criminal defendant should be released to his family on his own recognizance. Secondly, that court determines where and when any criminal felony case will be heard. A criminal case can be heard at the county court as a felony charge or that criminal case can be downgraded to the municipality or town in Hudson County where it took place as a misdemeanor or disorderly person’s offense. A lot of times, unfortunately, criminal defendants or their families see CJP court as a mere formality. It is not.

There are a number of things at CJP court that an experienced New Jersey attorney can assist you and your family member with. They can have a bail set at a lower amount than the prosecutor’s office was considering on a given case. They can convince the prosecutor handling the CJP matter to lessen the charges that any criminal defendant is possibly facing. In any event, a conversation and retention of an experienced New Jersey criminal attorney prior to you or your family attending CJP court is a must.

Keith Hirschorn, P.C., is an experienced criminal defense attorney working throughout the state of New Jersey. If you have any questions regarding the merits, facts or circumstances of your case, call the law office, located in Hoboken, to set up a free initial consultation.