Toms River, New Jersey is the largest township in Ocean County. The 2009 population estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau showed a total township population of 109,356 over the official total population in 2000 of 89,706. This makes Toms River one of the fastest growing cities in the state as well as the seventh most populous municipality in New Jersey. Toms River, a village located within Toms River Township, is the county seat for Ocean County. Toms River is centrally located within Ocean County, and the County Complex is less than two miles off the Garden State Parkway.
A good chunk of Toms River Township’s total area of 53-square miles is water; exactly 12-square miles consist of water. This water-friendly township and county have raised some small but solid industry and tourism for Toms River. It has also stirred up traffic congestion as well. Tom’s River Township has grown up around State Route 37, better known in the area as part of the Miracle Mile where commerce and light industry thrive along the streams, river and bay-front area. Along with 37, Routes 70 and 72 zip through and terminate at the ocean. These highly traveled roads are expressways through the New Jersey Pineland’s backyard, which is also known as Toms River’s western frontier.
As with the entire Jersey Shore, summer traffic routinely clogs local roadways throughout Toms River. Major routes serving Toms River are U.S. Route 9, the Garden State Parkway, and Interstate 195. The National Highway Safety Administration reports that sixty-three people were fatally injured in vehicle crashes in Ocean County during 2009. Fifteen fatalities occurred as the result of vehicle accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers, and fifteen pedestrians were killed as a result of vehicle accidents. When severe personal injury or death occurs as a result of an Ocean County vehicle accident, the victim’s family also suffers, with emotional and economic burdens that may last for years afterward.
Ocean County’s largest and most active healthcare facility, Community Medical Center in Toms River is also New Jersey’s largest non-teaching hospital and has been offering area residents world-class medical treatment in its 592-bed, fully accredited acute care hospital since its inception in 1961. Toms River enjoys some of New Jersey’s finest emergency medical facilities, which are also available for tourists who may have been involved in an auto accident or suffered a personal injury.
The structure of New Jersey’s court system is among the most simple in the nation. The state has only the following types of courts: Municipal courts, Tax Court, state Superior Court, which includes the trial courts, an Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court. New Jersey’s seventh largest municipal court is the Toms River Township Municipal Court. At this level in the New Jersey Judicial system, this court has jurisdiction over New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicle violations and DWI and DUI offenses. This municipal level court will also hear criminal charges when it pertains to violation of a Township Ordinance. Toms River utilizes the trial court in Ocean County, which is held at the Ocean County Courthouse, 118 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08754. Both criminal and civil cases are heard at the trial court level. Typical civil cases involve contracts, personal injury, automobile accidents, employment and discrimination cases.