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The Wayne Municipal Court is situated in the Municipal Building at 475 Valley Road, Wayne NJ. Court sessions are held four days a week as follows:  Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., Thursday at 9:00 and 1:30 p.m., and Friday at 9 a.m.  The Tuesday session and Thursday a.m. sessions  sessions handle all ‘not guilty’ pleas on traffic and criminal matters, D.W.I. arraignments and pleas, property maintenance complaints and borough ordinance violations.  Thursday sessions handle criminal arraignments, traffic and criminal first appearances and domestic violence arraignments and pleas to minor traffic offenses. D.W.I. and criminal trials are held Friday, with special sessions added, when needed, to accommodate case load.

The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over cases involving violations of motor vehicle and traffic laws, fish and game laws, code enforcement, penalty enforcement, township ordinances and disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses whereby no indictment by a Grand Jury is required. If the County Prosecutor waives indictment, the Court may also try criminal offenses where the item alleged to be damaged or obtained is under $500 or the penalty that may be imposed does not exceed a fine of $2,000 or one year's imprisonment. All other cases or appeals go to the County or Federal Courts.

Three township Magistrates preside over the Court. They are appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Council, for a three year term and are assisted by a Certified Court Administrator and a staff of nine: two Deputy Court Administrators, six Violation Clerks, and one part-time clerk.  Three Prosecutors represent the State. Two Public Defenders represent any defendant unable to afford counsel and determined indigent for representation purposes in Municipal Court matters. These matters must involve a sentence of magnitude, such as jail time, loss of driver’s privileges, as well as, significant monetary fines.

The purpose of the Municipal court system is the fair and equitable administration of justice.  The goal is to provide the citizenry of Wayne with quality customer service in a professional manner with courtesy and respect. The operations of the Municipal Court continue to expand to protect residents, property and the unique way of life which has become characteristic of our community.

Passaic County, in coordination with the Municipal Courts, designed a Municipal Court complementary dispute resolution program, whereby certain criminal complaints, disorderly person's offenses and ordinance violation complaints may heard at a Mediation Hearing in lieu of a formal complaint being filed. The program was designed to help disputing parties mediate reasonable solutions to problems in their community. The program has been most effective in this Court in assisting to settle disputes involving friends, neighbors, relatives and others to reach a realistic and workable agreement. Mediation hearings are scheduled two to three times a month by the Court Administrator, and are heard by a trained mediator in a private room in the Municipal Building.

Special Court sessions are held periodically to reduce any and all criminal and traffic case load backlog.

The three Judges, Court Administrator, and both Deputy Court Administrators are required to be "on call" twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to accommodate after hour situations involving domestic violence, criminal arraignments, setting of bail, shoplifting complaints and private citizen matters that are of an emergent nature.

Considerable revenue is generated in the form of fines and penalties and is disbursed to the Municipal Treasurer, State of New Jersey, County of Passaic, and other State Agencies by the fifteenth of each month by the Court Administrator.

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Town Hall

475 Valley Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
Weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm
Tuesdays open until 7:00 pm
Sat & Sun: Closed
Closed on State Holidays

Wayne DPW Complex

201 Dey Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
Weekdays 7:30am-3:30pm
Sat & Sun: Closed
Closed on State Holidays