Municipal Court

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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.


Notice to Defendants:

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, our regular ‘in person’ court sessions have been replaced with ‘virtual court’ via the ZOOM or TEAMS platforms. You should call or email the court providing your email address/phone number so that a link to the Virtual Court session can be sent to you.  In the event you do not have access to a ‘Smart Phone’ or computer, landline phones can be utilized.

Notification of Rights:

Your ‘Rights in the Municipal Court’ are available by clicking on the link provided below.  You are encouraged to take a few minutes to view the video.

Click here to watch the video

Process:

A payable violation can be paid through njmcdirect.com. There is a link in a box below the ticket details ‘NJ Point System’ which will advise the points that would be assessed by Motor Vehicle if you pay the violation.

If you wish to plead ‘not guilty’ and talk to the Prosecutor, there are several options available, as explained below.

Option #1 – Municipal Court Resolution through njmcdirect.com. Through this website, you can either click on Payment or Dispute Case. If you choose, Dispute Case, this is a 2-step process. You will follow directions, creating an account and submitting. You will receive a ‘PIN’ number on your phone or email. You then need to go back into site, enter the PIN and then following directions to start the electronic process.

Option #2 – Telephone the Municipal Court to enter a ‘not guilty plea’ and supply your contact information. Your case will be given a court date. A paper notice will be sent via the US Postal Service and, then a week before the virtual court date, an email will be sent inviting you to Join the Zoom Virtual Court Session’ and providing the link. At this time, you will be able to discuss your case with the Prosecutor.

Public Defender Information

If you are indigent and wish to be represented by counsel, but cannot afford an attorney, please click on the Public Defender link provided below. Print the form, complete it and return it to the Municipal Court. At your next court date, the Judge will review the application. 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.

 

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 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