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Passaic Vicinage Municipal Division

Hon. John F. Meola
Presiding Judge

Sonya Noyes
Municipal Division Manager
973-424-6890 fax

Municipal court hours and locations

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 Program

The 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

Municipality Address Phone Number Hours
BLOOMINGDALE 101 Hamburg Turnpike
Bloomingdale 07403 
973-838-0127 Second and Fourth Wednesday of Month, 4 p.m.
CLIFTON 900 Clifton Avenue
Clifton 07011
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
Haledon 07508

973-790-0500 Every Tuesday at 5 p.m. (except second Tuesday of the month)
HAWTHORNE 445 Lafayette Avenue
Hawthorne 07506
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
Passaic 07055
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.
PATERSON 111 Broadway
Paterson 07505
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
Ringwood 07456
973-962-6146 Each Wednesday except the First Wednesday, 4:30 p.m
TOTOWA 537 Totowa Road
Totowa 07512
973-956-1006 First Three Mondays at 4 p.m.
WANAQUE 579 Ringwood Avenue
Wanaque 07465
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
Wayne 07470
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.

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