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Welcome to the Jersey City Municipal Court 

Lewis S. McRae Justice Complex, 365 Summit Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Tel:  (201) 209-6700
Fax: (201) 459-0951/1338
Request For Adjournments: Adjourn@jcnj.org
Web:  NJMCdirect (Pay traffic tickets online)

Carlo Abad, Chief  Judge 



Inclement Weather - Thursday, February 9, 2017

All matters scheduled for Municipal Court today, Thursday, February 9, 2017, will be cancelled. This includes the 9am, 1pm, and 4:30pm court sessions. You will receive a new court date in the mail.  

According to the State of NJ Judiciary website, "the Municipal Courts in New Jersey are considered courts of limited jurisdiction, having responsibility for motor vehicle and parking tickets, minor criminal-type offenses, municipal ordinance offenses, and other offenses.  A Municipal Court usually has jurisdiction only over cases that occur within the boundaries of its municipality.

"Serious criminal cases, such as robbery, auto theft, or assault, may start out as complaints filed in the Municipal Court but are transferred to the Superior Court located at the county courthouse."

About the Municipal Court 
Municipal Courts are statutory courts of limited jurisdiction and have responsibility for hearing motor vehicle traffic violations, disorderly and petty disorderly criminal offenses, municipal ordinance violations, certain penalty enforcement codes, health code violations, fish and game, weights and measures, and all other proceedings within the territorial jurisdiction of the municipality.

The New Jersey Court Rules govern the practice and procedures in all municipal courts.

In Hudson County, all indictable offenses are initially heard in Central Judicial Processing Court (CJP), which is located in the Administration Building, 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. At CJP,  the County Prosecutor determines if the indictable offense will be heard in the Superior Court, or if the matter will be downgraded to a disorderly persons offense and returned to the municipal court for disposition.

Impounded or Booted Vehicles 
Before an impounded or booted vehicle will be released, all outstanding fines must be paid.  It may be necessary to appear before a Judge to establish the total amount due required to release the vehicle.  Contact the Violations Bureau for further information.

For booted vehicles you must contact the Jersey City Parking Authority at 201-653-6969, x114.  A charge will be assessed for removing the boot.

For impounded vehicles you must contact the car pound of the Jersey City Police Department at 201-333-2334. You will be charged with the cost of towing and storage.

Pay Traffic Tickets Online
The State of NJ offers online payment of traffic tickets through its NJMC Direct website. There is a $2.00 surcharge per ticket.  Please have your summons and credit card available to make an online payment.  The Jersey City Municipal Court's ID is "0906." 

Hours of Operation: 


Court Hours: 
Monday – Thursday:
  8:30am – 7:30pm
Friday: 8:30am -3:30pm

Call Center Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Payment Window: 
Monday – Thursday:
  8:30am – 7:30pm
Friday 8:30am- 3:30pm
Bail Posting/

Monday - Friday:
  8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bail Returns:  

Monday – Friday:
  8:30am- 3:30pm

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