County courthouses in New Jersey

Sussex CountyEssex CountyPassaic CountyBergen CountyWarren CountyMorris CountyHunterdon CountySomerset CountyHudson CountyUnion CountyMiddlesex CountyMercer CountyMonmouth CountyOcean CountyBurlington CountyAtlantic CountyCamden CountyGloucester CountySalem CountyCumberland CountyCape May County
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There are 21 counties in the state of New Jersey. The New Jersey Superior Court subsumed and replaced the New Jersey County Courts, which were abolished in 1978.[1] The Superior Court has 15 vicinages (jurisdictional districts or circuits), some encompassing two or three counties, each of which has its own courthouse or courthouses.[2][3] Frequently the county courthouse is home to the appropriate vicinage of the Superior Court. Some counties have different facilities for different divisions, such as the criminal, civil, family, and finance courts.[4][5] In some counties there are other buildings which house court facilities where proceedings take place, some of which are historic county courthouse or administration buildings, which may also serve as offices for county, state or federal agencies.

Many court buildings have been evaluated by the state historic preservation office (SHPO) and have been listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places (NJRHP) and the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), either individually or as contributing properties (CP) to historic districts.[6] Several have been documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS). Three courthouses (at Salem, Sussex, and Burlington) dating from the 18th century that are among the oldest courthouses in the United States still in active use.[7]

The Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton, the state capital, is home the administrative headquarters of the statewide court system of the Judiciary of New Jersey, including the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.[8]

The below lists include buildings in active use as well as extant historic buildings that have served county courthouses.

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CourthousesEdit

County,
Courthouse,
Location
Image Map Built,
Architect
SHPO
NJRHP (SR)
NRHP (NR)
HABS
Notes References
Atlantic,
Atlantic County Criminal Courts Complex,
Mays Landing,
Hamilton Township
39°26′18″N 74°41′28″W / 39.4383°N 74.6912°W / 39.4383; -74.6912 (Atlantic County Criminal Courts Complex)
  1978 [9][10]
Atlantic,
Atlantic County Civil Courts Complex,
Atlantic City
39°21′50″N 74°25′36″W / 39.3640°N 74.4266°W / 39.3640; -74.4266 (Atlantic County Civil Courts Complex)
    [9]
Bergen,
Bergen County Court House,
Hackensack
40°52′43″N 74°02′38″W / 40.8786°N 74.0438°W / 40.8786; -74.0438 (Bergen County Court House Complex)
    1910–12,
James Riely Gordon
SR: 520 (1982)
NR: 83001468 (1983)
[11][12][13][6]
Burlington,
Burlington County Courthouse,
Mount Holly
39°59′46″N 74°47′21″W / 39.9961°N 74.7891°W / 39.9961; -74.7891 (Burlington County Courthouse)
    1796,
Michael Rush
CP: Mount Holly Historic District
SR: 842 (1972)
NR: 73001084 (1973)
HABS NJ-27
[14][15][16]
Camden,
Camden County Hall of Justice,
Camden
39°56′35″N 75°07′21″W / 39.9430°N 75.1225°W / 39.9430; -75.1225 (Camden County Hall of Justice)
    1982 [17][18]
Cape May,
Cape May County Courthouse,
Cape May Court House,
Middle Township
39°05′00″N 74°49′26″W / 39.0834°N 74.8238°W / 39.0834; -74.8238 (Cape May County Courthouse)
    1927,
Edwards & Green
[9][19]
Cumberland,
Cumberland County Courthouse,
Bridgeton
39°25′39″N 75°14′21″W / 39.4275°N 75.2391°W / 39.4275; -75.2391 (Cumberland County Courthouse)
    1909,
Watson & Huckel
CP: Bridgeton Historic District
SR: 1020 (1982)
NR: 82001043 (1982)
[20][21]
Essex,
Essex County Courthouse,
Newark
40°44′14″N 74°10′44″W / 40.7372°N 74.1789°W / 40.7372; -74.1789 (Essex County Courthouse)
    1905,
Cass Gilbert,
Piccirilli Brothers
SR: 1246 (1975)
NR: 75001135 (1975)
Family Court located in Gibraltar Building [22][23]
Gloucester,
Gloucester County Courthouse,
Woodbury
39°50′19″N 75°09′12″W / 39.8386°N 75.1534°W / 39.8386; -75.1534 (Gloucester County Courthouse)
    1885,
Hazelhurst and Huckel
CP: Broad Street Historic District
SR: 1429 (1988)
Also a Gloucester County Family Court building [20][24]
Hudson,
Hudson County Courthouse,
Jersey City
40°43′54″N 74°03′27″W / 40.7316°N 74.0575°W / 40.7316; -74.0575 (Hudson County Courthouse)
    1910,
Hugh Roberts
SR: 1510 (1970)
NR: 70000385 (1970)
HABS NJ-841
[25][26]
[27][28]
Hudson,
Hudson County Administration Building,
Jersey City
40°43′57″N 74°03′29″W / 40.7326°N 74.0581°W / 40.7326; -74.0581 (Hudson County Administration Building)
    1953, 1964 [25][28]
Hunterdon,
Hunterdon County Courthouse,
Flemington
40°30′45″N 74°51′38″W / 40.5125°N 74.8606°W / 40.5125; -74.8606 (Hunterdon County Courthouse)
  1996 [29]
Mercer,
Mercer County Criminal Courthouse,
Trenton
40°12′55″N 74°45′48″W / 40.2154°N 74.7633°W / 40.2154; -74.7633 (Mercer County Criminal Courthouse)
  2013 [30][31][32]
Mercer,
Mercer County Civil Courthouse,
Trenton
40°13′01″N 74°45′50″W / 40.2170°N 74.7638°W / 40.2170; -74.7638 (Mercer County Civil Courthouse)
  [30]
Middlesex,
Middlesex County Courthouse,
Civic Square,
New Brunswick
40°29′41″N 74°26′43″W / 40.4946°N 74.4454°W / 40.4946; -74.4454 (Middlesex County Courthouse)
    1959 Also a Middlesex County Family Courthouse (see table below) [33][34][35]
Monmouth,
Monmouth County Courthouse,
Freehold
40°15′51″N 74°16′42″W / 40.2642°N 74.2782°W / 40.2642; -74.2782 (Monmouth County Courthouse)
    1954,
James W. Mancusa
[36][37]
Morris,
Morris County Courthouse,
Morristown
40°47′52″N 74°29′02″W / 40.79773°N 74.48397°W / 40.79773; -74.48397 (Morris County Courthouse)
    1827,
Lewis Carter,
Joseph M. Lindsley
SR: 2190
NR: 77000898
[38][39]
Ocean,
Ocean County Courthouse,
Toms River
39°57′11″N 74°11′41″W / 39.95300°N 74.19475°W / 39.95300; -74.19475 (Ocean County Courthouse)
    1851 SR:
NR: 83001610
[40][41]
Passaic,
Passaic County Court House,
Paterson
40°54′48″N 74°10′16″W / 40.9134°N 74.1711°W / 40.9134; -74.1711 (Passaic County Courthouse)
  1904 [42][43][44]
Salem,
Salem County Court House,
Salem
39°34′22″N 75°27′58″W / 39.5729°N 75.4661°W / 39.5729; -75.4661 (Salem County Courthouse)
    1969 [20][45]
Somerset,
Somerset County Courthouse,
Somerville
40°34′06″N 74°36′37″W / 40.56844°N 74.61039°W / 40.56844; -74.61039 (Somerset County Courthouse)
    1907–09 SR: 2582
NR: 89001216
[29][46]
Sussex,
Sussex County Judicial Center,
Newton
41°03′31″N 74°45′17″W / 41.0587°N 74.7547°W / 41.0587; -74.7547 (Sussex County Courthouse)
    1992 [38][47]
Union,
Union County Courthouse,
Elizabeth
40°39′44″N 74°12′58″W / 40.66216°N 74.21602°W / 40.66216; -74.21602 (Union County Courthouse)
    1925–31,
Albert Randolph Ross
SR: 2665 (1994)
NR: 950001143 (1995)
[48][49][50]
Warren,
Warren County Courthouse,
Belvidere
40°49′39″N 75°04′35″W / 40.8275°N 75.0765°W / 40.8275; -75.0765 (Warren County Courthouse)
    1826,
L. H. Lewis
CP: Belvidere Historic District
SR: 2747 (1978)
NR: 80002525 (1981)
[29][51]

Historic buildings, annexes, additional and alternative courthousesEdit

County,
Courthouse,
Location
Image Map Built,
Architect
SHPO
NJRHP (SR)
NRHP (NR)
HABS
Notes References
Atlantic,
Atlantic County Courthouse,
Mays Landing,
Hamilton Township
39°27′07″N 74°43′34″W / 39.452°N 74.726°W / 39.452; -74.726 (Atlantic County Courthouse)
    1838, 1916, 1978 CP: Mays Landing Historic District
SR: 338 (1990)
NR: 90001245 (1990)
Office of County Clerk [10]
Cape May,
Old Cape May County Courthouse,
Cape May Courthouse,
Middle Township
39°05′02″N 74°49′24″W / 39.08375°N 74.82326°W / 39.08375; -74.82326 (Old Cape May County Courthouse Building)
    1848 SR: 1006
NR: 81000389
HABS NJ-1112
[19][52]
Hunterdon,
Old Hunterdon County Courthouse,
Flemington
40°30′38″N 74°51′34″W / 40.51045°N 74.85933°W / 40.51045; -74.85933 (Old Hunterdon County Courthouse)
    1828,
Springer
CP: Flemington Historic District
SHPO: 79 (1977)
SR: 1587 (1980)
NR: 80002493 (1980)
HABS NJ-771
[53][54]
Mercer,
Mercer County Courthouse,
Trenton
40°12′57″N 74°45′45″W / 40.21585°N 74.76263°W / 40.21585; -74.76263 (Mercer County Courthouse)
    1900–02,
William Slack
Mercer County Prosecutors Office [55][31]
Middlesex,
Middlesex County Family Courthouse,
Civic Square,
New Brunswick
40°29′33″N 74°26′50″W / 40.4924°N 74.4471°W / 40.4924; -74.4471 (Middlesex County Family Courthouse)
    2000 [56]
Passaic,
Old Passaic County Court House,
Paterson
40°54′50″N 74°10′16″W / 40.91392°N 74.17112°W / 40.91392; -74.17112 (Old Passaic County Court House)
    1902,
Fred Wesley Wentworth (supervising architect)
CP: Passaic County Court House and United States Custom House & Post Office Historic District

SR: 5441 (2015)
NR: 15000443 (2015)

[43][57][58]
Passaic,
Passaic County Court House Annex,
Paterson
40°54′52″N 74°10′17″W / 40.91437°N 74.17141°W / 40.91437; -74.17141 (Passaic County Court House Annex)
    1899,
Fred Wesley Wentworth
[43][57]
Salem,
Old Salem County Courthouse,
Salem
39°34′20″N 75°28′00″W / 39.57214°N 75.46666°W / 39.57214; -75.46666 (Old Salem County Courthouse)
    1735, 1818 CP: Market Street Historic District
SR: 2449
NR: 75001157
2nd oldest U.S. courthouse in continual use [45]
Sussex,
Sussex County Courthouse,
Newton
41°03′32″N 74°45′13″W / 41.05879°N 74.75365°W / 41.05879; -74.75365 (Sussex County Courthouse)
    1765 SR: 2618 (1979)
NR: 79001523 (1979)
Sussex County Judicial Center [38][59][60]

See alsoEdit

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