Municipal Court of Hackensack

NOTICE

In-court Sessions remain suspended and Virtual Court Sessions are launching
to mitigate public exposure to COVID-19 


To help minimize foot traffic at the courthouse during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hackensack Municipal Court will begin holding virtual court session using Zoom video conferencing.  If you do not wish to appear via Zoom, you may contact the court to see if you are eligible to submit and resolve your matter via plea by mail.

If you have a case and want to appear in the virtual court, please email
court@hackensack.org or call 201-646-3971 to provide your information and be schedule for a virtual session.  We will schedule your matter in the virtual court and you will receive an email confirmation with the instructions on how to participate.
NOTICE TO ATTORNEYS:  You must contact the court to schedule a Zoom meeting and provide you and your client’s email addresses to receive invitation of same. 
For information on Zoom: Please visit zoom.us

Whether you wish to utilize the plea by mail form or appear via Zoom, every defendant is encouraged to please review this Opening Statement – List of Rights and Advisements for Criminal and Traffic Cases in the municipal court. https://www.njcourts.gov/forms/11781_muni_stmt_crim_traf.pdf?c=QeF

You can also visit https://njcourts.gov/courts for more information regarding Municipal Court Proceedings.


Defendants may continue to make payments for parking and traffic matters through the municipal court’s online payment website at 
NJMCdirect.com.
Payments will also continue to be accepted by mail. 
The court payment window is currently closed until further notice as all of City Hall is currently closed to the public. 

To contact the Hackensack Municipal Court office by telephone, please call 201-646-3971. You may also contact the court office via email at court@hackensack.org 
or for questions concerning virtual court.
For updated information, visit the New Jersey Judiciary’s website at 
www.njcourts.gov

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.

 

The Municipal Court of Hackensack is comprised of 11 full-time employees. Each staff member is responsible for processing criminal and traffic complaints issued within the City's jurisdiction. 

Tickets can be paid through the website offered by the judiciary which is www.njmcdirect.com and by mail or in person between 9am and 3:30pm at the violations window, which does not close for lunch. 

Any questions relating to court dates, adjournments or any other inquiries should be directed to our office staff at 201-646-3971  

Complaints are accepted for filing every day from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ONLY. 

Please Note: The Municipal Court of Hackensack does not handle any matters that are related to the superior court which is located at 10 Main Street or the Central Bergen Municipal court which is located at 71 Hudson Street - Court Code 290

Credit Card Payment: As of Thursday, February 1st, 2018 credit cards are an acceptable form of payment for court purposes.

 

The following are helpful links to help you with court related matters or questions:

·  Plea by Mail: https://www.njcourts.gov/forms/10715_plea_mail.pdf?c=uQC

·  Your Day in Court:

 https://www.njcourts.gov/forms/10959_yourdayincourt_8x11.pdf?c=vbt

·  Municipal Court Opening Statement (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_zJg-XLde0).

·  Do I qualify for a Public Defender:

 https://njcourts.gov/courts/assets/municipal/indigencyguidelines.pdf?c=KRC

·  Where may I pay my fine? www.NJMCdirect.com

·  Municipal Court Appeal Forms: 

https://www.njcourts.gov/forms/10559_muni_appeal_kit.pdf?c=QQ0

·  Court Fines:     https://www.njcourts.gov/attorneys/violations.html

·  NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Point Schedule:  

 http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Violations/penalties_pointSchedule.htm

·  Records Request Application Form Online at 

https://www.njcourts.gov/selfhelp/index.html

If you don’t see what you need listed above please email courtadmin@hackensack.org or call the office at 201-646-3971.

 

The public can now ask the municipal prosecutor to review their traffic matters and may be able to resolve their case without having to appear in person, under a recent change to municipal court operations in New Jersey. 

The Judiciary’s Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) program, which started in mid-May in approximately 30 municipal courts, allows court users to dispute a charge and provide information or evidence to municipal prosecutors online. The ODR program applies to 37 traffic offenses, such as speeding, failure to have an insurance card, or failure to yield, where defendants commonly provide additional documentation and seek a reduced charge before pleading guilty.         Court users can make their requests for review to the municipal prosecutor through NJMC Direct webpage (www.NJMCdirect.com orwww.NJcourts.gov ). After reviewing the case, the prosecutor can offer a lesser charge or decline to change the charge.  If a lesser charge is accepted, the matter will be reviewed by a judge for approval. If approved, the defendant does not need to go to court.

If the prosecutor declines to offer a lesser charge, or the judge does not approve the new charge, a hearing date is scheduled for the defendant to appear remotely.



Contact Information

Court Code - 0223
215 State Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: (201) 646-3971

Email: courtadmin@hackensack.org