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It is through the Municipal Courts that citizens in the State of New Jersey come into contact with the judicial system, either as a defendant, a victim, or a witness. Since most citizens never appear before another court, it is from their experience in the Municipal Courts that most people base their conclusions about the quality of justice in New Jersey.

The Municipal Courts are considered courts of limited jurisdiction, having responsibility for motor vehicle offenses, parking tickets, minor criminal-type offenses (for example, simple assault, bad checks), municipal ordinance offenses (such as dog barking or building code violations) and other offenses, such as fish and game violations. A Municipal Court usually has jurisdiction over only cases that occur within the boundaries of its municipality.

The Judiciary provides uniform and extensive training to all Municipal Court Judges and personnel. The Court Administrator has obtained certification through a course of study the completion of a written and oral examination process allowing her to use the title of Certified Municipal Court Administrator.

Paramus Court:

Hours: M–F 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Court Sessions M & W 2:30PM

Public Defender fee: $200.00

Maywood Court:

Hours: M-F 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Court Sessions: 1st and 3rd Friday of each month 9:30 AM

Public Defender Fee: $200.00

Oradell Court:

Hours: M-F 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Court Sessions: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month 3 PM

Public Defender Fee: $200.00


FAQs

Is my ticket payable?

Yes, if it is not marked "Court Appearance required", and the payment amount can be found on the Statewide Violations Bureau Schedule.

Why do I have to get a new court date, when I have one on my speeding violation summons?

The date shown on your summons is your payment date.

If I pay my ticket, how many points will I get on my license?

Please refer to the MVC Point Schedule on our website.(Right Menu Options)

How much is my fine?

Please refer to the Statewide Violations Bureau Schedule or the back of your summons.

Can I pay my fines over the telephone?

No, but you can pay online @ NJMCDIRECT.COM, in person or mail in your payment.

Do you have an interpreter?

A Spanish interpreter is always available during court sessions. If you need another language, you should notify the court staff prior to your court appearance.

Will I need a lawyer?

The court staff cannot offer legal advice. Depending on the offense you may want to consult an attorney.

How can I apply for a Public Defender?

You can only apply for a Public Defender in court. The Judge will determine if you are eligible according to the offense and your income. Public Defender fee: $200.00

What should I do if I do not have my complaint or summons number?

Be prepared to give the court staff member your driver's license number so they can assist you.



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.

Plea by Mail

What is a plea agreement?

A plea agreement is a way to settle a case. Plea agreements are negotiated with the prosecutor, an attorney who represents the state. You will be given the opportunity to speak to the prosecutor to try to settle your case. You are not required to speak to the prosecutor. All plea agreements must be approved by the judge.

Plea By Mail

If you wish to "PLEA BY MAIL", you can only do so if:

  • You live outside the tri-state area appearing in court would cause an undue hardship
  • Simply print the following form and follow the instructions on the form exactly. Mail this form to the court office, prior to your court date.

iconPlea By Mail Form


Defendant’s Rights


As a Defendant facing charges in the Municipal Court, you are guaranteed the following rights under the law:

  • You are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • You have the right to be informed of the charges against you.
  • You have the right to remain silent concerning the charges against you, and anything you say may be held against you.
  • You have the right to retain an attorney.
  • You have the right to be assigned an attorney if the judge determines that you cannot afford an attorney, and there is likelihood that if you are convicted, you will either go to jail, receive a substantial fine or your driver's license will be suspended.
  • You have the right to request a reasonable postponement so that you may have an opportunity to consult with an attorney and prepare a proper defense.
  • You have the right to testify or not to testify on your own behalf.
  • You have the right to call or subpoena witnesses to testify on your behalf.
  • You have the right to appeal within 20 days of any conviction.

Filing a Citizen's Complaint


  • Complaints are taken in Paramus Municipal Court Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.
  • You must complete a Citizen's Complaint form.
  • You must provide the name and address of the person you are charging.
  • You must state what offense you want to charge the person with.
  • If you are charging the person with an indictable offense, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office requires that you file a report with the Police Department before filing a complaint.
  • If you are charging the person with issuing a bad check to you or your company, you must first send a certified, return-receipt requested letter to the person. This must done before you file a complaint.
  • Once you complete the Citizen's Complaint form, the Court Administrator will enter the information to the State Electronic Complaint System (ECDR). She will print out the complaint, ask you to review it and sign it. ***It is important to note that when you sign the complaint you are in fact swearing that the information you have provided to the Municipal Court is true and accurate and that what has been typed on the complaint is correct. If it is not, do not sign it. Bring the inaccuracy to the attention of the Court Administrator.
  • You must appear in Court after you file the complaint. In most cases, the Court Administrator will give you a copy of the complaint at the time you file it. The Court date and time will be printed on the complaint.
  • You may bring witnesses or evidence into Court at the time of your court date if you believe they would be beneficial to proving your case
 

Address-Court

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
cholmes@paramusborough.org


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

Maywood Judge
Hon. George Savino

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