Municipal Court

215 Stiger Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Telephone: (908) 852-0688
Fax: (908) 852-1786
Violation Bureau Hours:
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Municipal Court Judge J.Edward Palmer
Municipal Prosecutor James P. Sloan
Public Defender Donald Farino
Court Administrator Laura Moore
Deputy Court Administrator Maria Molina

2016 Municipal Court Calendar

2017 municipal court calendar
Court Calendar.xls
Microsoft Excel sheet [46.0 KB]

Procedures for Summons

"Mandatory Court Appearance Required"
If "Court Appearance Required" box is checked (located on the bottom left side of the complaint and summons in red ink) then this requires a mandatory court appearance. "YOU MUST APPEAR IN COURT" on the date and time indicated, even if you wish to plead "guilty".

All motor vehicle vehicle accidents resulting in personal injury as well as handicapped parking violations are MANDATORY COURT APPEARANCES.

"Guilty Plea through Violations Bureau"
If you have a payable traffic violation that does not require a Court appearance, you may pay the complaint and summons through the mail by sending a check or money order to the address listed on the front and back of the summons.

You may also pay at the Violations Bureau during our business hours of Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. prior to your payment due date which is the Notice to Appear date on the front of the summons.

If the fine is not listed on the back of the summons, please call the Court office for assistance.

"Ticket Payments via the Internet"
You may pay your traffic tickets via the Internet at www.njmcdirect.com. You will need our court code, prefix and summons number (all found in the upper left hand corner) and the license plate number.

Once you have accessed our website, you will be also be able to view any other summons associated with that license plate anywhere in the State of New Jersey, make traffic time payments, restore your license if it has been suspended for nonpayment of a payable summons and view the NJ Point System. You will need a credit card with a MasterCard or Visa logo.

"To Enter a NOT GUILTY Plea"
If you intend to plea Not Guilty to the offense charged in this complaint and summons and thus have a Trial, you must notify the Court Administrator (908-852-0688) of your intention at least seven (7) days prior to the court date listed on the bottom of your summons.

If you fail to notify the Court Administrator of your intentions, it may be necessary for you to make two (2) Court appearances.

Please note: POINTS ARE ASSESSED ON MOVING VIOLATIONS BY THE NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES (DMV) AND NOT BY THE MUNICIPAL COURT. PLEASE CONTACT DMV FOR QUESTIONS AND INFORMATION ON POINTS

STATE VIOLATIONS BUREAU SCHEDULE OF COMMONLY CHARGED OFFENSES

If the offense is not listed below, or if it occurred in either a 65 mph Zone or Construction Zone, please contact the Court Office.

Statewide Violations Bureau Schedule
Item Statute number Offense Penalty
1. 39: 3-4 Unregistered Vehicle $54.00
2. 39: 3-29 Failure to Exhibit Documents (driver's license and registration only) $180.00
3. 39: 3-33 Unclear Plates $54.00
4. 39: 3-66 Maintenance of Lamps $54.00
5. 39: 3-76.2F Failure to Wear Seatbelt $46.00
6. 39: 4-67 Obstructing Passage of Vehicle $54.00
7. 39: 4-81 Failure to Observe Signal $85.00
8. 39: 4-85 Improper Passing $85.00
9. 39: 4-97 Careless Driving $85.00
10. 39: 4-98 Speeding - Exceeding the speed limit by: see below
  1-9 mph $85.00
  10-14 mph $95.00
  15-19 mph $105.00
  20-24 mph $200.00
  25-29 mph $220.00
  30-34 mph $240.00
11. 39: 4-135 thru 139 All other Parking $54.00
12. 39: 4-138-0 Handicapped Parking (Mandatory Court Appearance Required)  
13. 39: 4-144 Failure to Stop or Yield $85.00
14. 39: 4-215 Failure to Obey Signals, Signs, or Directions $54.00
15. 39: 8-1 Failure to Inspect $130.00
16. 39: 8-4 Failure to Make Repairs $130.00

LOCAL SUPPLEMENTAL VIOLATIONS BUREAU SCHEDULE
Violations Section Under Construction
If you have questions, please call 908-852-0688