ATS Automated Traffic System Features
- ATS Online Warrant System: All active warrants issued by the municipal courts, both traffic and criminal, are recorded and tracked on ATS. The statewide warrant system is accessed by both the municipal courts and local and State Police Departments. The law enforcement community is able to mark a warrant as served when a defendant is picked up. The court is the only entity that may recall the warrant. Since the implementation of the online warrant system the outdated and unreliable paper warrants are no longer utilized.
- Ticket Processing:
Ticket processing provides for initial ticket entry of
moving and parking violations. The ATS ticket entry is designed to
automatically access the statewide defendant database to streamline the entry
of moving tickets into the system. Ticket processing also continuously monitors
each case and maintains a case history from assignment of the ticket to an
officer through financial disposition. Case scheduling includes an automated
court calendar, multi-party notice generation and complete adjournment history.
In many courts, dispositions are entered into ATS directly in the courtroom,
thereby streamlining the payment process and reducing time spent by defendants
at a violations window. Disposition information is transferred to Motor
Vehicles Services by the AOC, thereby eliminating the necessity for the court
to complete MF-1 disposition reporting cards.
In the event a ticket is not disposed of by the due date, a Failure to Appear Notice is generated automatically at the request of the court management. Warrants and warrant notices are issued and generated, at the discretion of the municipal court judge. Moving matters that remain unadjudicated are electronically closed out with Motor Vehicle Services. To follow-up on unpaid tickets, ATS automatically exchanges drivers license look-up information with Motor Vehicle Services. This data provides the municipal court with the defendants name, address, and drivers license number and eliminates the necessity of courts performing manual look-ups. The electronic data exchange also provides defendant data which has enabled the state to create, for the first time, a statewide traffic warrant system.
To facilitate the effective implementation of the Parking Offenses Adjudication Act (POAA), ATS also features an electronic interface with Motor Vehicle Services to process court-ordered drivers license suspensions.
- Financial Subsystem:
The cashier/accounting subsystem provides for cash
receipting and accounting of all monies paid to the municipal court, both in
court or through the Violations Bureau. ATS automatically accesses the proper
fine disbursements based on both the State wide Violations Bureau Schedule and
each court's local supplemental violations schedule. Upon the entry of a
payment, the case status is also updated automatically. ATS also features
notice generation and accounting procedures for processing overpayments and
under payments. In addition, the application tracks all bad checks, bail and
ATS provides the appropriate management reports to account for all disbursements; IE., to the state, county, municipality and other agencies. At the end of each month, data is compiled for the financial closing, accounting reports, and the AOC Statistical Report.
ATS has been reviewed and approved by the New Jersey registered municipal auditors and integrated audit procedures have been developed that complement the ATS accounting procedures.
- Interface To Motor Vehicle Services:
MVS has provided all ATS courts direct access to MVS drivers
history files. Providing access has expedited case processing by
allowing the courts to correct data entry problems and has assisted judges in
sentencing defendants by providing access to a driver's history.
The AOC is providing the law enforcement community with access to the defendant "warrant" status database. All State Police Barracks and all municipal police departments using ATS have been provided sign-on codes and have been trained. These departments can sign-on to ATS through their existing NCIC terminals.
Recognizing the economies of court automation that can occur without hindering the rights of defendants, the Supreme Court authorized a rule relaxation which authorized the pilot courts (Newark and East Orange) to issue warrants that contain a Judge's authorization code rather than an original signature. Results (after 2 years) show that there have been no false arrests as a result of this process. The project was expanded to involve batch processing of orders for suspension.