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Welcome to the Jersey City Municipal Court 

Lewis S. McRae Justice Complex, 365 Summit Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Tel:  (201) 209-6700
Fax: (201) 459-0951/1338
Request For Adjournments: Adjourn@jcnj.org
Web:  NJMCdirect (Pay traffic tickets online)
 

Carlo Abad, Chief  Judge 

 

 

Municipal Court's new payment window hours of operation effective Monday, July 3, 2017:  

 

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm  

Tuesday 8:30am - 7:30pm 

Friday 8:30am - 3:30pm 

 

Description
According to the State of NJ Judiciary website, "the Municipal Courts in New Jersey are considered courts of limited jurisdiction, having responsibility for motor vehicle and parking tickets, minor criminal-type offenses, municipal ordinance offenses, and other offenses.  A Municipal Court usually has jurisdiction only over cases that occur within the boundaries of its municipality.

"Serious criminal cases, such as robbery, auto theft, or assault, may start out as complaints filed in the Municipal Court but are transferred to the Superior Court located at the county courthouse."

About the Municipal Court 
Municipal Courts are statutory courts of limited jurisdiction and have responsibility for hearing motor vehicle traffic violations, disorderly and petty disorderly criminal offenses, municipal ordinance violations, certain penalty enforcement codes, health code violations, fish and game, weights and measures, and all other proceedings within the territorial jurisdiction of the municipality.

The New Jersey Court Rules govern the practice and procedures in all municipal courts.

In Hudson County, all indictable offenses are initially heard in Central Judicial Processing Court (CJP), which is located in the Administration Building, 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. At CJP,  the County Prosecutor determines if the indictable offense will be heard in the Superior Court, or if the matter will be downgraded to a disorderly persons offense and returned to the municipal court for disposition.

Impounded or Booted Vehicles 
Before an impounded or booted vehicle will be released, all outstanding fines must be paid.  It may be necessary to appear before a Judge to establish the total amount due required to release the vehicle.  Contact the Violations Bureau for further information.

For booted vehicles you must contact the Jersey City Parking Authority at 201-653-6969, x114.  A charge will be assessed for removing the boot.

For impounded vehicles you must contact the car pound of the Jersey City Police Department at 201-333-2334. You will be charged with the cost of towing and storage.
 

Pay Traffic Tickets Online
The State of NJ offers online payment of traffic tickets through its NJMC Direct website. There is a $2.00 surcharge per ticket.  Please have your summons and credit card available to make an online payment.  The Jersey City Municipal Court's ID is "0906." 


 

Plea of Not Guilty Instructions   

If you wish to plead not guilty, you can email the court at Disputeticket@jcnj.org. Please include your name, ticket number, current mailing address and phone number in the email. You may also call the court at (201) 209-6700 or visit the information window of the Jersey City Municipal Court located at 365 Summit Avenue.  Please be advised that you must plead Not Guilty at least 7 days prior to the court date listed on front of your summons. 

 

Hours of Operation: 
 

 

  Court Hours:   Monday – Thursday:
  8:30am – 7:30pm

Friday: 8:30am- 4:30pm
Court Payment Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday: 8:30am - 7:30pm

Friday: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Call Center Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bail Posting/
Information:
 

Monday - Friday:
  8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bail Returns:  

Monday – Friday:
  8:30am- 3:30pm

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