The Newark Municipal Court strives to provide all court users with a fair and efficient resolution to municipal court cases as well as to provide high quality and efficient customer service to the public.
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.
The Newark Municipal Court has seven courtrooms. Court sessions take place five days a week, with sessions in the arraignment court. No Saturdays or holidays. Morning sessions are scheduled at 8:30am and 11:30am, afternoon sessions begin at 4:00pm.
1) Courtroom 101 hears moving and parking violations five days a week in the morning sessions; and criminal matters five days a week in the afternoon sessions.
2) Courtroom 103 is the conflict court. A visiting judge and visiting municipal prosecutor sit in this court every other Monday to hear all matters with City of Newark employees as defendants. School attendance cases are also held in this court.
3) Courtroom 108 hears only moving and parking violations in both the morning and afternoon sessions. DWI matters are scheduled here on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
4) Courtroom 202 hears criminal matters five days a week for morning sessions. Afternoon sessions in this court include criminal matters via video conference from the Essex County jail in addition to in person defendants.
5) Courtroom 222 is the arraignment court. Defendants are heard in this court either in person or via video conferencing from the Essex County jail in order to be arraigned on charges brought against them.
6) Courtroom 103 is the court for City Ordinance cases. Housing matters are heard in this courtroom along with fare evasion and burglar alarm tickets, on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Wednesday and Friday other related Court matters.
7) Courtroom A301 is another criminal court. Domestic violence cases are heard in this courtroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Customer Service Division is comprised of the Court’s Call Center, Correspondence Unit, and Traffic Customer Service Room 105.
• The Call Center handles up to 1,000 calls per day. The Court strives to reduce wait time to better serve customers. To achieve this, the Court has added several prompts with general information so that many questions can be answered without the need to speak to a live representative. The Call Center phone service provides information in English,Spanish and 200 other languages.
• The Correspondence Unit, located in room 305, tracks, monitors and responds to the thousands of pieces of correspondence received each month.
• The Traffic Customer Service Window is located in room 105. Staff answers general questions regarding parking and moving tickets and schedules court when necessary. Bail refunds are also handled in this location.
The Criminal Customer Service window located in room 207 is open five days a week from 8:30am to 3:45pm. Staff can answer general questions regarding criminal matters, schedule court dates, and accept for filing citizen complaints and make proposal call determination over these complaints.
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