Your Day in Court....What to Expect

What should I expect when I go to court?

  • Prior to entering the courtroom, please turn off or silence your phone or pager.

  • When you get to court, check in with court staff.

  • Listen to instructions from court staff and from the judge. The proceedings are sound recorded, so please remain quiet until it is your time to speak.

  • The judge will give an opening statement explaining court procedures, defendants' rights and penalties.

      Cases are usually called in the following order: requests for postponements uncontested motions first arraignments guilty pleas contested motions pleas of not guilty (with attorney) pleas of not guilty (without attorney)
  • A case may be postponed to give you time to obtain representation by a private attorney or by a public defender (if you qualify) and prepare your defense. If you need a postponement, ask the court staff for assistance.

  • If your case involves a dispute between you and another person, you may be required to participate in a discussion with a mediator to attempt to settle the dispute without going in front of the judge.



1 Jockish Square 2nd Floor
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 265-2100 Ext: 2320
(201) 265-6428 FAX

Court Administrator
Cynthia Holmes
(201) 265-2100 Ext: 2320

Paramus Judges
Hon. Richard Conte
Hon. Joseph Mecca, Jr.

Maywood Judge
Hon. George Savino

Oradell Judge
Hon. Richard J. Conte, J.M.C