General Information
Phone Numbers
609.844.7159
Fax: 609.844.7156
Emergencies: Dial 911
Location
2211 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrence Township ,
NJ
08648

Hours
Violation Bureau M - F
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Municipal Court

Meet The Municipal Judge

Honorable Lewis J. Korngut, J.M.C.

Lewis Korngut and his wife, Michelle have lived in Lawrence Township for over thirty-four years. They raised their two children in the Township who both graduated from Lawrence High School. His wife Michelle has an Occupational Therapy practice in the Township for ten years. They have enjoyed living in the township where they have been able to develop some lasting friendships within the community. 

Lew Korngut graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1982.  He was a member of the Government and Law Society and played Varsity Basketball.  He obtained his law degree from Seton Hall Law School, Newark, New Jersey in 1986. Lewis was admitted to the New Jersey bar and all the Federal Court bars.

Lew began his legal career in 1986 as a law clerk for the Honorable Francis Cocchia, J.S.C. in Essex County Superior Court. In 1987 he commenced his lifetime career in public service as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. During his first tenure there,  he tried numerous jury trials including multiple capital murder cases.  One of those cases was the landmark trial of State v. Timmendequas, which generated what is known today as Megan's Law. He also tried State v. Loftin, a capital case that occurred in Lawrence Township.

His next position in public service was in 1998 as a Deputy Attorney General with the Division of Criminal Justice. He was hired as one of the supervisors with the newly formed Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.  He was later promoted to Assistant Attorney General where he ran the Statewide Corruption Unit.

In 2009 Lew returned to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office as Chief of the Homicide Task Force. In that position, he supervised twelve attorneys, fourteen detectives as well as tried numerous homicide cases. While at the Mercer County Prosecutor's office, Lew also taught for four years as an Adjunct Professor at the College of New Jersey in their Criminal Justice Department.

In 2015, Lew retired from the Prosecutor's office and began a career in private practice with the firm of Kamensky, Cohen, and Richardson in Trenton, New Jersey. His practice focused on criminal defense and family court matters.  

In April of 2017, Lew was appointed as the Municipal Court Judge in Lawrence Township and was reappointed in February of 2018. He presides over all municipal court matters in the Township ranging from motor vehicle offenses to domestic violence crimes. He works with five other dedicated court staff professionals who make up the Lawrence Township Court system.  During his tenure as the Municipal Court Judge, besides enforcing the State and local laws, his focus has been on making a positive impact on peoples' lives. He is also the Municipal Court Judge in North Hanover Township in Burlington County. 

Over the years,  Lew has coached both basketball and soccer in the Township and was a member of the Lawrence Township Hamnett Soccer board for over 10 years. He has also been the head basketball coach at Foundations Academy Charter School in Trenton and assistant basketball coach of StemCivics Charter School in Ewing.  In his private time, Lew likes to play golf with his family and follow his favorite sports team, the New York Giants.

Meet The Municipal Court Administrator

Nicole Finacchio,

Court Administrator

Nicole Finacchio is a Certified Municipal Court Administrator at the Lawrence Township Municipal Court. She graduated from West Chester University in May of 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. In June of 1994, she was hired by the Township of Lawrence as a Deputy Municipal Court Administrator. Some of her responsibilities included: assisting the Municipal Judge during courtroom proceedings, supervising, and coordinating the mediation program, accepting bail and court revenues, accepting complaints, and issuing oaths. 
In January of 2003, she successfully completed the municipal court certification process and was officially certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. In August of 2003, Nicole was promoted to Deputy Court Director. She was then responsible for preparing financial reports for the Administrative Office of the Courts as well as the Municipal Manager, reconciling the court depository and bail accounts, and assisting the Court Director in developing and implementing procedures for the efficient operation of the court.
Nicole served as the secretary for the Mercer County Court Directors and Court Administrators Association from 2010-2014. She then went on to serve as Vice President of the Association from 2014-2018. Nicole continues to serve on multiple committees within the Association as well. She also served as a panelist for the Municipal Court Administrators Certification Oral Exam.
In February of 2012, Nicole was promoted to Court Administrator. This position entails: hiring and supervising personnel, processing municipal court appeals and expungements, processing payroll, monitoring court accounting, and auditing and preparing the yearly municipal court budget.
Nicole is married to Matthew Finacchio who is currently a Middle School Vice Principal and an Adjunct Professor. They have two children Zachary and Christian. Zachary will be attending college in the fall. He currently serves as the Head of Outreach for the NJ/PA Helping Hands Team; he is a volunteer tutor, and his hobbies include acting and singing. Christian plays high school basketball and baseball and plays on a travel baseball team as well.

Meet The Municipal Prosecutor

Alfred B. Vuocolo has a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Fairfield University, an M.A. in English from the University of Iowa, and a J.D. cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law.  He has previously served in a variety of legal positions, including Assistant Counsel to the Governor, Chief Legal Officer to the New Jersey Department of Labor, and Mercer County Counsel.  He has also served as a municipal prosecutor over the past 30 years in various Mercer County towns, primarily Trenton and East Windsor.

Al Vuocolo, Esq., Municipal Prosecutor

Meet The Public Defender

Raymond C. Staub was educated in the Catholic schools of Trenton and Hamilton Township. He is a graduate of Catholic University and Seton Hall. He is a former Prosecutor (City of Trenton 1994 - 2000), former Public Defender in the Township of Ewing (1997 – 2000) and Hamilton Township Public Defender (2008 to 2019).  Mr. Staub is currently the Public Defender in the Township of Lawrence (2010 to present). Mr. Staub handles all the Federal and State criminal matters as well as all municipal court matters in the firm.  Mr. Staub also handles employment matters, general civil litigation and Expungements.

Ray Staub, Esq. Public Defender

Please send all correspondence to courtdocs@lawrencetwp.com

Click here to pay your Lawrence Municipal Court fines online.

About Us

Municipal courts decide more cases than any other court in the State. The Lawrence Township Municipal Court convenes on Monday evenings at 4:30 P.M. Often special sessions are scheduled to cover DWI cases or other specific matters. The Municipal Judge is appointed by Council for a three year term. The Township provides the services of a Prosecutor and Public Defender for the Municipal Court.

There is a Community dispute resolution Committee that is called upon by the Judge to attempt to mediate some of the cases that come before the Court that has been very successful over the years.

Court Sessions - Updated April 27, 2020

  • ALL IN PERSON MUNICIPAL COURT SESSIONS ARE SUSPENDED. Virtual court sessions began on May 13th. If you are interested in working out your case by way of plea by mail, and avoiding a future appearance in court, please email the Municipal Prosecutor Al Vuocolo, to see if this is an option for you. Please include your ticket or complaint number in the email.
  • Additionally, Lawrence Court Offices will be closed to the public until further notice See Notice. Please also be aware that the Township now has a mailbox located outside of the North door entrance. You may deposit any payments or correspondence in this mailbox.

Court Sessions

  • Monday Evenings - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday Day - 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday Day - 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The Municipal Court receives and files all complaints signed by law enforcement officers and private citizens for violations that occur within Lawrence Township. Types of cases include violations of state traffic laws, petty disorderly and disorderly persons offenses, and Township Ordinance violations.

The Court Office is responsible for the scheduling of cases, collection of fines, record keeping, and report of dispositions to a variety of agencies some of which include the New Jersey State Police and the Motor Vehicle Commission. Court sessions are open proceedings and may be viewed by the public. There is no jury in a Municipal Court proceeding. Testimony is taken from the complainant, defendant, and any witnesses, and a decision is rendered by the judge based on the facts presented.

If you are interested in working out your case using the Municipal Case Resolution Program and avoiding a future appearance in court, please logon to www.njmcdirect.com. Once you enter your ticket information, you can select the option of Municipal Case Resolution to submit your request to the Municipal Prosecutor.

Payment Methods

We currently accept cash, check, money order, Visa and MasterCard: however they can not be connected to a debit account if paid at the violations window.

Additional Resources

The New Jersey Judiciary website.

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission

Lawrence Township Ordinances