MORRIS PLAINS MUNICIPAL COURT OVERVIEW

Municipal Court Update:

The NJ Judiciary continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and follow recommendations of the New Jersey Department of Health and the Centers for Disease control.  During the COVID-19 pandemic,  in person court sessions have been suspended to ensure the safety of town residents, employees, and the surrounding communities.  With the use of technology, certain cases are being heard and adjudicated remotely.  If you have a pending case in our Municipal Court, we have tried to reach out to you.  If you have not heard from us, please contact the court with updated contact information.  We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you soon
 

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Morris Plains Municipal Court
531 Speedwell Avenue
Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950

Municipal Court Administrator, Sarah Thornberry
Phone:  973-538-4019
Fax:  973-828-0274

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Violation Bureau Hours:
NOTE:  Due to the Coronavirus emergency, the Court Office will be opened for limited hours only.  Please call ahead to check if the office is open.

Court Sessions: Tuesday’s at 5:00 PM 

 

 PLEASE CLICK HERE for the scheduled 2020 court dates.

 
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.

JURISDICTION
The Municipal Court of Morris Plains has jurisdiction over the following types of cases:
  • Motor Vehicle/Traffic & Parking Violations
  • Forest and Parks Violations
  • Disorderly Person/Petty Disorderly Persons Offense(DP/PDP Offenses)
  • Weights and Measures Violations
  • Violations of Penalty Enforcement Act
  • Violations of Municipal Ordinances
  • Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Division of Fish and Wildlife Violations
  • Any other proceedings where jurisdiction is granted by statute.

STATEMENT OF CORE VALUES
There are four paramount values representing the core of what we stand for as an organization and to accomplish our mission:
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Quality Service
 

Chief Judge:

Michael A. Carlucci, JMC

Prosecutor:

John Horan, Esq. 

Public Defender:

John Paul Velez, Esq.

Forms of Payment Accepted:

Cash/Check/Money Order/Visa/Mastercard

Online Traffic Payments:

www.njmcdirect.com

ADA Coordinator:

Sarah L. Thornberry , MCA

Link to NJ Courts

www.njcourts.gov

Link to MVC (Fines/Penalties/Points):

www.state.nj.us/mvc/license/suspension.htm  

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 expensive, 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.  

 

IF YOU NEED THE SERVICES OF AN INTERPRETER OR ADA ACCOMMODATION:

Please notify the Municipal Court Administrator prior to your court appearance if you need the services of an interpreter or require an ADA accommodation

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JUDICIARY OPENING STATEMENT:

PLEASE CLICK HERE to view a 12 minute video in   ENGLISH  of a sample Municipal Court Opening Statement for Criminal and Traffic Sessions.

 

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 NEW JERSEY MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION POINTS SCHEDULE LICENSE RESTORATION AND OTHER ISSUES:

PLEASE CLICK HERE to view a document outlining the MVC Points Schedule, License Restoration and other MVC Issues.

 

ACCESS YOUR TRAFFIC TICKET INFORMATION ONLINE:

PLEASE CLICK HERE to access NJMCdirect - the fast, secure and convenient way to access your traffic ticket information online.

 

WELCOME TO THE NEW JERSEY COURTS:

 

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NEW JERSEY JUDICIARY RECORDS REQUEST FORM:

 

PLEASE CLICK HERE for a copy of the NEW JERSEY JUDICIARY RECORDS REQUEST FORM

PLEASE CLICK HERE for an explanation on how to use the Records Request Form (in English)

 PLEASE CLICK HERE for an explanation on how to use the Records Request Form (in Spanish)

 

HOW TO EXPUNGE YOUR CRIMINAL OR JUVENILE RECORD:

 

PLEASE CLICK HERE to download information on how to expunge your record.

PLEASE CLICK HERE to download information on expedite expungement of your record.