Passaic Vicinage Municipal Division
Hon. John F. Meola
Municipal Division Manager
The Municipal Division is responsible for a wide range of programs and technologies aimed at improving the municipal court system and the services that it renders to the citizenry of the State of New Jersey. In Passaic County there are sixteen municipal courts. These are located in Bloomingdale, Clifton, Haledon, Hawthorne, Little Falls, North Haledon, Passaic, Paterson, Pompton Lakes, Prospect Park, Ringwood, Totowa, Wanaque, Wayne, West Milford and Woodland Park.
The Municipal Court is the court of lesser criminal and quasi-criminal jurisdiction in the state. Yet the late Chief Justice Vanderbilt stated that it was the most important court, because it was here that the majority of our citizens receive their only impression of our system of justice. The processing of all indictable charges begins in the municipal court. Disorderly persons offenses, traffic offenses and violations of local ordinances are all adjudicated in the municipal court. The municipal court is also the court where victims of domestic violence are able to request temporary restraining orders during the hours that Superior Court is not in session.
The Municipal Court is divided into a violations bureau and the trial court. Most traffic and ordinance violations can be paid through the violations bureau. Offenses that require a court appearance and contested matters are scheduled for court. The court hours vary in each municipal court and are listed below. Each municipal court in Passaic County maintains a full time court office.
The municipal courts currently offer the Complementary Dispute Resolution (CDR) program. This is a program in which disputes between citizens may be resolved through mediation. This program is staffed by volunteers who have had a minimum of 18 hours of specialized training. Examples of the type of cases that can be heard in mediation are: harassment; simple assault; theft of property or services under $200.00; trespassing; bad checks under $200.00; noise complaints; disorderly conduct; destruction of property; creating a disturbance; and animal complaints.
The Municipal Division Manager's Office for Passaic Vicinage is located at 77 Hamilton Street on the sixth floor.
Mediation ProgramThe Municipal Mediation Program is an alternative to a traditional courtroom setting in resolving neighborhood disputes. Volunteers are trained to act as third party neutrals in helping neighbors come to an agreement over their dispute. If you are interested, please complete an application and send it to:
Passaic Vicinage Municipal Division
77 Hamilton Street
Paterson, N.J. 07505
Attn: Municipal Mediation Program
Passaic County Municipal Courts
Location, Telephone Information and Court Hours
|BLOOMINGDALE||101 Hamburg Turnpike
|973-838-0127||Second and Fourth Wednesday of Month, 4 p.m.|
|CLIFTON||900 Clifton Avenue
|973-470-5860||Monday, 9 a.m., 7 p.m
Wednesday, 9 a.m.
Thursday, 3:30 p.m, 5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.
510 Belmont Avenue
|973-790-0500||Every Tuesday at 5 p.m. (except second Tuesday of the month)|
|HAWTHORNE||445 Lafayette Avenue
|973-427-4767||Thursday at 4 p.m.|
|LITTLE FALLS||35 Stevens Avenue
Little Falls 07424
|973-256-2400||Tuesday, Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.|
|NORTH HALEDON||103 Overlook Avenue
North Haledon 07508
|973-423-0232||Monday at 4:30 p.m. except Fourth Monday at 1 p.m.|
|PASSAIC||330 Passaic Street
|973-365-3979||Monday - Friday 9 a.m. (Arraignments)
Monday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
|973-321-1515||Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. - Night court|
|POMPTON LAKES||25 Lenox Avenue
Pompton Lakes 07442
|973-835-0144 Ext.236||First Three Tuesdays of Month at 3 p.m.|
|PROSPECT PARK||106 Brown Avenue
Prospect Park 07508
|973-790-7902 ext. 527 or 528||First Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
First, Third and Fourth Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.
Second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
|RINGWOOD||60 Margaret King Avenue
|973-962-6146||Each Wednesday except the First Wednesday, 4:30 p.m|
|TOTOWA||537 Totowa Road
|973-956-1006||First Three Mondays at 4 p.m.|
|WANAQUE||579 Ringwood Avenue
|973-839-3000 Ext. 7119, 7145||First, Second, Fourth and Fifth Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Third Thursday at 9:30 a.m.|
|WAYNE||475 Valley Road
|973-694-1800||Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
Friday at 9 a.m.
|WEST MILFORD||1480 Union Valley Road
West Milford 07480
|973-728-2751||Tuesday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
|Woodland Park||5 Brophy Lane
Woodland Park 07424
|973-345-8100 Ext. 102||Tuesday at 4 p.m.|