Municipal Court

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The Wayne Municipal Court is situated in the Municipal Building at 475 Valley Road, Wayne NJ. There are four Court sessions per week as follows: Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., Thursday at 9:00 and 1:30 p.m., and Friday at 9 a.m. The Tuesday and Thursday sessions handle first appearances and ‘not guilty pleas’ on traffic and criminal matters, D.W.I. arraignments, property maintenance complaints and borough ordinance violations. D.W.I. and criminal trials are conducted at the Friday session. A fifth session is added, when needed, to accommodate case load.

The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over disorderly person and petty disorderly person offenses, violations of motor vehicle and traffic laws, fish and game laws, code enforcement, penalty enforcement and township ordinances violations.

Two township Magistrates preside over the Court. They are appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Council, for a three year term and are assisted by a Certified Court Administrator and a staff of seven: two Accredited Deputy Court Administrators, four Violation Clerks, and two part-time clerks. Three Prosecutors represent the State. Two Public Defenders represent defendants unable to afford counsel and determined indigent for representation purposes in Municipal Court matters. These matters must involve a sentence of magnitude, such as jail time, loss of driver’s privileges, as well as, significant monetary fines.

The purpose of the Municipal court system is the fair and equitable administration of justice. The goal is to provide the citizenry of Wayne with quality customer service in a professional manner with courtesy and respect. The operations of the Municipal Court continue to expand to protect residents, property and the unique way of life which has become characteristic of our community.

The Wayne Municipal Court is a presumptive mediation court. We utilize the Complimentary Dispute Resolution Program in which disputes involving neighbours, friends or family members are first sent to Mediation in lieu of the filing of a formal complaint, if it falls within the perimeters set by the program. The program was designed to mediate reasonable solutions to problems in the community. Mediation hearings are scheduled as needed by the Court Administrator, usually once a month. A trained mediator meets with both parties in a safe, neutral setting within the Municipal Building with the goal of resolving their disputes amicably.

The Judges, Court Administrator, and Deputy Court Administrators of Wayne Township Municipal Court are "on call" twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to accommodate after hour situations involving processing of complaints on Officers arrests, probable cause determination, setting of bail on bench warrants, domestic violence issues, shoplifting complaints and private citizen matters that are of an emergent nature.

Considerable revenue is generated in the form of fines and penalties which are disbursed to the Municipal Treasurer, State of New Jersey, County of Passaic, and other State Agencies each month by the Court Administrator.
 

Town Hall

475 Valley Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
Weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm
Tuesdays open until 7:00 pm
Sat & Sun: Closed
Closed on State Holidays

Wayne DPW Complex

201 Dey Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
Weekdays 7:30am-3:30pm
Sat & Sun: Closed
Closed on State Holidays