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The safety of our community is of utmost importance to Wayne Township and the Wayne Municipal Court. Given the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the Township will follow the guidelines set forth in the Omnibus Orders of Chief Justice Rabner, as well as, Governor Murphy and Township Administration.

Municipal Courts will continue to handle certain matters concerning incarcerated defendants, temporary restraining orders, and matters that implicate public safety.  Filings and payments will continue to be accepted through the Violations Bureau.  Defendants also may continue to make payments through the municipal court online payment system at NJMCDirect.com or by going to the link in the Municipal Court website.


Notice to Defendants:

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, our regular court sessions have been suspended for the foreseeable future.   However, in an effort to resolve your case, possibly without coming to court, we have implemented several options outlined below for your considerations. In the event your case is not eligible for a Plea by Mail (it involves a sentence of magnitude, which is a driver’s license suspension, jail time of a substantial fine or is a Criminal Offense or Code Enforcement Violation), please read your Notification of Rights, view the video, and then skip down to the Virtual Court Option for further directions.

Notification of Rights:

If you were to attend court in person, the Judge would advise you of your rights as a defendant in the municipal courts.  Fortunately, these rights are available online and you are encouraged to take a few minutes to view the video before choosing an option below.  Here is the web link to YouTube videos of the statement of rights in multiple languages, as well as, American Sign Language:

Click here to watch the video

At this time, the court does not know if you are represented, or wish to be represented by counsel.  If you have hired an attorney, please provide your counsel with this notice.  If you are indigent and wish to be represented by counsel, but cannot afford an attorney, please complete the Public Defender Form (attached) and scan and email it the court the court.   Once it is returned to the court, the Judge will review the information and you will be advised if you qualify for the Public Defender.  Please be aware that to qualify your matter must involve a sentence of magnitude, which means you would face a loss of your driver’s license, substantial fines and/or a jail sentence. 

Plea by Mail (Attached Form)

Many cases are now eligible, due to a Relaxation of Court Rule during COVID-19, to be resolved via Mail.  The Prosecutor has tried to reach out to defendant’s who may be eligible to resolve their issue.  You may plead ‘guilty’ without a court appearance. The Judge will review your plea, as well as, any documents submitted in your defense.  You will be notified by mail of the outcome.

If you plead ‘not guilty’ on the form, the Judge will conduct a Virtual Hearing based upon the information you provide, along with any documents or evidence submitted and with testimony offered by the state’s witness (usually a police officer).  The Judge will render a decision and you will be advised of the outcome by email.  If you wish to submit a Plea by Mail, please complete and sign the attached form, and email it back to the court.

Plea Agreement with Prosecutor

If you would like to review your case with the Municipal Prosecutor to determine if the Prosecutor would offer you a plea to a lesser charge or one that would result in a lesser fine and/or a reduction or no points, please complete the form by clicking on website email  including your ticket(s) or complaint number(s) so that the Prosecutor may contact you to discuss a plea agreement.

Please be advised that all plea agreements are subject to the approval by the court.

If you choose not to return the plea by mail form, do not wish to be represented by an attorney or wish to plead ‘not guilty', please see the Virtual Court Option explained below.

Virtual Court Option

If an individual opts to appear in a Virtual Court session, they may not have to appear at the courthouse.  This option is voluntary on payable offenses but mandatory for other court matters. Please complete the form by clicking on website email, being sure to put your ticket and/or complaint number in the subject line, and in the memo section “Virtual Court” and ‘submit’ to Court.  The matter will be scheduled, with notice to all parties utilizing the Zoom app for video conferencing. Trials may be conducted at a later date through Virtual Court, or in the Municipal Court facility at a date to be determined.

Notice to Attorneys

You may use this form to request a Virtual Court date for you and your client, as well as, enter your appearance.  In addition, please fax or email the court your Letter or Representation and discovery request.   

We will provide updates as more information becomes available.   Please contact us at 973-694-1800 Ext. 3210, 3211, 3280 and 3368 or send an email through our website or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You may also check the Judiciary website njcourts.gov which contains a section listing municipal court closings throughout the state.

The Wayne Municipal Court is situated in the Municipal Building at 475 Valley Road, Wayne NJ. There are four Court sessions per 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 and Thursday sessions handle first appearances and ‘not guilty pleas’ on traffic and criminal matters, D.W.I. arraignments, property maintenance complaints and borough ordinance violations. D.W.I. and criminal trials are conducted at the Friday session. A fifth session is added, when needed, to accommodate case load.

The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over disorderly person and petty disorderly person offenses, violations of motor vehicle and traffic laws, fish and game laws, code enforcement, penalty enforcement and township ordinances violations.

Two 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 seven: two Accredited Deputy Court Administrators, four Violation Clerks, and two part-time clerks. Three Prosecutors represent the State. Two Public Defenders represent defendants 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.

The Wayne Municipal Court is a presumptive mediation court. We utilize the Complimentary Dispute Resolution Program in which disputes involving neighbors, friends or family members are first sent to Mediation in lieu of the filing of a formal complaint, if it falls within the perimeters set by the program. The program was designed to mediate reasonable solutions to problems in the community. Mediation hearings are scheduled as needed by the Court Administrator, usually once a month. A trained mediator meets with both parties in a safe, neutral setting within the Municipal Building with the goal of resolving their disputes amicably.

The Judges, Court Administrator, and Deputy Court Administrators of Wayne Township Municipal Court are "on call" twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to accommodate after hour situations involving processing of complaints on Officers arrests, probable cause determination, setting of bail on bench warrants, domestic violence issues, shoplifting complaints and private citizen matters that are of an emergent nature.

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

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 7:00am-3:30pm
Sat & Sun: Closed
Closed on State Holidays