The Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction with responsibility of adjudicating motor vehicle, parking, and some criminal offenses as well as municipal ordinance violations. The municipal court usually only hears cases where the offense has occurred within its boundaries. Norwood Municipal Court meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month. The court may also schedule special sessions when needed.
Municipal Court Judge: ROBERT TRAVERS
Municipal Court Prosecutor: LAURA NUNNINK
Municipal Court Administrator: LINDSAY VOLPITTA
Email Address: Lindsay.Taglieri1udiciary.state.nj.us
Phone number:= 201-767-7207
Fax number: 201-784-2963
Monday, Thursday and Friday – 8:00 a.m. - 12= :30 p.m.
Tuesday 1; 8:00 – 12 noon
1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Wednesday – 2:30-7:30 p.m.
2nd Wednesday – 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Municipal Court Direct Online: www.njmcdirect.com
What to expect when you come to court:
- You must enter through the sidedoor of Borough Hall, the front door is locked and no one may enter or exit during court.
- All persons entering the building will be required to pass through a metal detector and will be subjected to the request of all security personnel.
- Hats may not be worn in court.
- All cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off while in the courtroom
- No photos or videos are permitted, unless prior consent is granted by the Municipal Court Judge.
- All backpacks, purses, messenger bags and briefcases are subject to search at any time.
- No reading material is permitted in the court room
Is Court Appearance Required?
If you received a summons and the police officer checked off that court appearance is required, or the personal injury field is checked off you must appear in court on the court date listed on the summons. Certain violations are not payable and will require a court appearance even if the box is not checked off. If you are uncertain if you can pay a ticket or have to appear in court, please call the Court Administrator at 201-767-7207 during regular business hours.
Some examples of offenses that require a court appearance:
- Driving while suspended
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Failure to produce an insurance card
- Driving with an open container of alcohol
- Driving without a license
- Cell phone usage
You must notify the court at least 7 days prior to your scheduled court date if you intend to plead not guilty. You must call the court office with you intention. Emailed, faxed or mailed not guilty pleas will not be accepted. You are required to provide the following information when pleading not guilty:
- Your summons or complaint number
- Your current and accurate address
- A telephone number where you can be reached.
Can I get a case adjourned?
Only one adjournment will be granted. The court normally grants an adjournment once a non-guilty plea is entered to allow the person to prepare their defense or to retain the services of an attorney. However, in the case of more serious offenses such as certain criminal, indictable, DWI, the court will require the person to appear for an arraignment. In these matters adjournments will not be granted.
What is a civilian complaint?
A civilian complaint is when a member of the general public (not a law enforcement officer) signs a traffic, borough ordinance, disorderly persons, or criminal complaint against another person.
What is the procedure for filing a civilian complaint?
First, the complainant (person filing the complaint) must report the incident to the police department in the town where the incident occurred. The complainant would then take either a police report or civilian incident report to the municipal court office in the town where the incident occurred. At that time the court staff would give the complainant two forms which would need to be filled out and returned to the court office. The first form is a statement form. On the statement form the complainant would give their description of the events. Also on this form the complainant must provide the court with the name and address of the person they are signing the complaint against and provide the court with the violation number of what they want to charge the defendant with. The second form is where the complainant would list any witnesses they would like to be present at the trial. Again, the complaint must provide the names and addresses of any witnesses. After the completed forms have been returned to the court, the court will complete the necessary complaint forms and then present them to the complainant for review. After the complainant reviews the summons and/or complaint they will sign it as the complaining party. At this point in the process the Court Administrator will either find probable cause and issue the complaint or schedule the complaint for a probable cause hearing.
What is a probable cause hearing?
A probable cause hearing is when the complainant is scheduled to go before the Judge and explain to him the events of the incident. After the Judge listens to the complainant he will then find probable cause and issue the complaint or not find probable cause and not issue the complaint. The defendant is not present at this time. If the complaint is issued the defendant will be served and scheduled for a first appearance, which is where he or she will enter a plea.