Any member or officer of a police department or force in a municipality wherein Title 11A of the New Jersey Statutes is not in operation, who has been tried and convicted upon any charge or
charges, may obtain a review thereof by the Superior Court; provided, however, that in the case of an officer who is appealing removal from
his office, employment or position for a complaint or charges, other than a complaint
or charges relating to a criminal offense, the officer may, in lieu of serving a written
notice seeking a review of that removal by the court, submit his appeal to arbitration
pursuant to section 10 of P.L.2009, c. 16 (C.40A:14-209). Such review shall be obtained by serving a written notice of an application therefor
upon the officer or board whose action is to be reviewed within 10 days after written
notice to the member or officer of the conviction. The officer or board shall transmit to the court a copy of the record of such conviction,
and of the charge or charges for which the applicant was tried. The court shall hear the cause de novo on the record below and may either affirm,
reverse or modify such conviction. If the applicant shall have been removed from his office, employment or position
the court may direct that he be restored to such office, employment or position and
to all his rights pertaining thereto, and may make such other order or judgment as
said court shall deem proper.
Either party may supplement the record with additional testimony subject to the rules
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