TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced that all Municipal court sessions have been suspended for two weeks -- through March 27 -- to mitigate public exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-190). Beginning March 16, individuals scheduled to appear before a Municipal Court to contest a traffic or parking ticket, or minor local ordinance violation, should instead await notice of a new court date.

Municipal courts will continue to handle certain matters, such as applications for temporary restraining orders, hearings where a defendant has been detained, and matters that implicate public safety. Attorneys and parties required to appear between March 16 and March 27 will be specifically notified of that requirement.

Filings and payments will continue to be accepted, except where the municipality had closed the Municipal Court building. Defendants also may continue to make payments through the Municipal Court online payment system at NJMCDirect.com.

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“As part of our continuing response to the spread of COVID-19, we are suspending municipal court sessions for a two-week period,” said Rabner. “Where it is possible to resolve court matters without compromising the health and safety of the public and court staff, we will continue to do so.”

Updated information about municipal court closures is available at njcourts.gov.