The Municipal Court office provides information on filing a citizen's complaint, including simple assault, bad check, theft, and harassment. The Court has jurisdiction over traffic matters (Title 39 Statutes), criminal matters (disorderly or petty disorderly offenses), and Township ordinances (e.g., Health violations, Planning and Zoning violations, and water ban restrictions). Indictable matters are heard at the County level, where jurisdiction over these cases is granted.
The Municipal Court is under the direct supervision of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) in Trenton, NJ. All rules and guidelines must be complied with on a statewide basis. All court personnel, including the Municipal Court Judge, must adhere to the NJ Judicial Code of Conduct Guidelines and Procedures. If you receive a traffic ticket, you have the right to plead guilty or not guilty to the charge(s). Instructions are located on the reverse of the summons.
If the offense is a "Mandatory" court appearance (e.g., for Driving While Intoxicated) you must appear in court on the day shown on your ticket.
If your case requires an attorney and you cannot afford one, the court may appoint a public defender for you. If you receive a Municipal Court summons and are not sure how to proceed, call the North Arlington Court office and speak to a court employee. They will be glad to help.
Virtual court sessions are being held every Thursday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Pay tickets online at http://www.njmcdirect.com