Jersey City Municipal Court
Jersey City Municipal Court is a city and municipal courthouse in Hudson County, New Jersey. It has jurisdiction over criminal, and quasi-criminal offenses, small claims, civil, violation of the municipal ordinance, traffic, and vehicle matters. It is a limited jurisdiction court and it only takes cases that occur within the municipality boundaries. This court does not handle serious matters; all these types of matters are filled but they are transferred to the Superior Court. Proper dressing is required during the court session.
How to search for case records?
Jersey City Municipal Court case search for records can be found online using the online portal https://portal.njcourts.gov/webe41/MPAWeb/index.jsp.The court maintains all the records online, in files, or a database. The case search can be done using
- Search by Case Number, citation, or traffic number
- Search by First, middle, and last name
After entering the data, the case information will come. The portal will only show those records information that is publicly available. The sealed records are not available for the viewing of the public. Some records are unavailable; if the information does not come, the case records will be removed or confidential and cannot be displayed online. You have to go to the court or give a record request for these documents, and then the court will decide whether to provide that information. The fee for each document per page is $0.50, which is mandatory when you come to the court for a records copy.
How to make a payment?
Jersey City Municipal Court payment can be made in the following ways:
A person can pay for tickets and fines by visiting the court during regular court hours and paying in cash, checks, or with a card at the court payment window. Take your ticket and citation number with you when you come for payment. 2% surcharges will be applied if you make payment with a credit card.
Online payments can be made using the New Jersey Online Payment Portal https://portalnjmcdirect-cloud.njcourts.gov/prweb/PRServletPublicAuth/wQ2guhy8lqKPggD8pVI7RLYVZ9vxwNMF*/!STANDARD?AppName=NJMC&fromBrowserHistory=true. Enter any search type, like a case or traffic ticket number, name, etc with the court ID. Your case information with the amount of the fine will be displayed. Select the payment option and pay the amount online.
A Person can send a certified check or money order to the court’s mailing address; Lewis S. McRae Justice Complex365 Summit Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07306. Cash or personal checks are not acceptable in the mail; only certified checks or money orders are accepted. Remember to write your citation, name, case number, and account number when you send the payment, and mail the amount in a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want a receipt.
How to take virtual hearing?
Jersey City Municipal Court virtual hearing can be done using the zoom application. Submit the form and enter your personal information with the case number. If your case is eligible for the online hearing, then the court will send you a court notice with all the information to join and the schedule with a link. Please make sure your internet connection is strong, and join the session 10 minutes before the actual schedule. All the instructions related to the hearing are available. It is recommended to watch the opening statement video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_zJg-XLde0.
How can I resolve my traffic tickets?
Jersey City Municipal Court traffic division handles all the traffic parking and vehicle matters. The violation includes speeding, using a mobile phone during driving, violating traffic signals and traffic rules and many more. You can receive a citation after some days of getting the traffic ticket. If the ticket contains a mandatory appearance, then you have to appear on the schedule. If the court does not contain mandatory appearance, then many options are available that are:
- Pay the full fine on the time
- Choose the Online Municipal Case Resolution
- Request for a driving safety course or deferred disposition if your case is eligible for it
- Enter and send a plea to the court
- Request for a hearing
How many pleas can be sent to the court?
Jersey City Municipal Court plea options are available for some traffic tickets, parking and non-traffic cases. Two types of pleas are available which are
Plea of guilty:
If you are guilty of your actions then write this plea. After sending it the court will review your plea and send you the amount of the fine and there is no need to appear in court.
Plea of not guilty:
If you are not guilty of your act, then write this plea. The court will give you a schedule and you have to appear on that day with your proof of innocence.
How can cases be resolved using online municipal case resolution?
Jersey City Municipal Court offers online municipal case resolution for some moving and parking violation matters. In this resolution appearance in the court is not necessary. You can dispute your case if your case is eligible for it. Enter your ticket information at https://portalnjmcdirect-cloud.njcourts.gov/prweb/PRServletPublicAuth/wQ2guhy8lqKPggD8pVI7RLYVZ9vxwNMF*/!STANDARD?AppName=NJMC&fromBrowserHistory=true. This will tell you if your case is eligible for this online case resolution or not. All the communication in these matters is sent through the mail.
What is the role of the court clerk?
Jersey City Municipal Court clerk’s role is to act as a secretary to the municipal court. The clerk had a staff that could handle all the payment issues, receive payment, help the judge in the case, provide license, make a schedule and handle the queries that the people asked. They can help people but cannot give legal advice. If you want to meet a clerk you have to make an appointment first.
How can a marriage license be obtained?
Jersey City Municipal Court marriage license can be obtained from the clerk’s office. The fees for the license are $20 and for the copies is $10. You can apply for the license by taking an appointment for the marriage license by contacting the clerk. The couple had to come to the court on the schedule and fill out the form, and submit a photo ID with a birth certificate if anyone is divorced then the divorce copy must be submitted at the time of applying for the license. After the license is received then you can apply for the wedding ceremony which cist $75 if the party are a resident of New Jersey and if both of them are not from this county then the cost will be $100.
How can I contact the clerk’s office for an appointment?
You can contact the clerk at 201-547-5150 if you want to make an appointment.
What are the fees for birth and death certificates?
$20 is the fee for the birth and death certificate.
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