TRENTON, NJ — All Municipal Court sessions have been suspended for two weeks as part of the effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the chief justice announced this weekend.

From Monday, March 16, to Friday, March 27, 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, according to the announcement.

 “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,” Chief Justice Stuart Rabner said in the press release.

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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, the announcement said.

Attorneys and parties required to appear between March 16 and March 27 will be specifically notified of that requirement, the announcement said. Filings and payments will continue to be accepted, except where the municipality had closed the Municipal Court building, and defendants may continue to make payments through the Municipal Court online payment system at NJMCDirect.com, it said.

For updated information about municipal court closures, visit njcourts.gov.