Municipal Court

Creation of the Court


The Newton Municipal Court was created by the adoption of the New Constitution of the State of New Jersey, and was founded in 1947. The Court falls under the jurisdiction of the State Administrative Office of the Court (AOC), supervised by Assignment Judge Stuart A. Minkowitz, AJSC, of the Superior Court of Morristown. The AOC audits court activities and procedures, and requires that the Municipal Court staff members prepare and submit reports to be used as the basis for the Annual Comparison Statistical Report, which is issued by the AOC.

Mission Statement

We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this State.

Statement of Core Values

Required to accomplish our mission are four paramount values representing the core of what we stand for as an organization:
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Quality Service

Consolidation of Newton and Green Municipal Courts


On January 1, 2015, the Town of Newton entered into an Interlocal Services Agreement with Green Township for the consolidation of their Municipal Courts. The daily operation and court sessions of the Municipal Court of Green Township and the Municipal Court of the Town of Newton will be conducted at the Newton Municipal Building. As a Shared Court, each court remains separate, each keeping their own identity. 
 

Payments


Each Municipal Court offers payment of your tickets through the New Jersey Municipal Court Direct website. The Newton Court Code is 1915. The Green Court Code is 1908. Payments may also be made in person by cash, check or credit card (Discover, Visa or MasterCard).
 

Court Sessions


Newton and Green Court convenes every Tuesday:
  • First Appearances: 9:00 am
  • Pro-se: Case Management: 9:00 am
  • Attorney Case Management: 11:00 am
  • Trials: 1:30 pm

All sessions of the Newton Municipal Court and Green Municipal Court are open to the public. Use of a statewide computer system gives Court personnel access to a wide variety of information about outstanding fines owed to a Court, and records pertaining to suspension of driving privileges.

If you are charged with a disorderly persons offense, petty disorderly persons offense, or a municipal ordinance violations, and those charges are either dismissed, you are acquitted, or your case is discharged without a conviction or finding of guilt, you may be eligible for an expedited expungement pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6. For more information and to determine if you are eligible, you may inquire with the municipal court at the time of disposition.

If you need the service of an interpreter, please notify the municipal court administrator prior to your court appearance.

Please advise the municipal court office in advance if you require an ADA accommodation.

For Jury Duty, Probation, Divorce, Juvenile and Family Court please call the Sussex County Courthouse at 973-579-0675.

Mediation


Mediation is a confidential, structured, non-adversarial process that allows a neutral third party to assist disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable solution.  The mediation process can be a less expense, informal, and more meaningful alternative than the traditional trial process.  This is because of the efforts of trained volunteers and the resolution being decided by the participants.  The court will refer appropriate cases to mediation.

Records Request


Please note, the Municipal Courts are not bound by the OPRA requests that are sent to Municipal Clerks. Kindly complete this fillable form by typing in the information and send to the court. Please also note on the form if you would like a certified disposition or not. If a certified copy is needed there is a $10.00 fee, otherwise there is a $5.00 fee per disposition.

Forms and Helpful Links


Welcome to NJ Courts - English
Bienvenido a Los Tribunales de Nueva Jersey - Español
Your Day in Court - English
Sus Derechos en el Juzgado  - Español
How to File an Appeal - English

¿Quién debe usar este paquete?
 - Español
How to Expunge your Criminal or Juvenile Record
 - English
Official Website of New Jersey Judiciary System
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
NJ Municipal Court Opening Statement - English
Modelo de Alocución Inicial Para Los Juzgados Municipal - Español