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UNION COUNTY MUNICIPAL COURTS

Edgar Sepulveda
Municipal Division Manager
Superior Court of New Jersey
Union County Courthouse
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07207-6001
Telephone: (908) 659-4941

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 Union County there are twenty-one municipal courts. These are located in Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Garwood, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, Union, Westfield, and Winfield.

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 within this state. You now have the ability to pay most tickets online. The website address is http://www.NJMCDirect.com. You will be prompted to enter all the ticket information and if the ticket is payable, you will be able to pay by credit card and generate a receipt.
The Municipal Courts offer a Municipal Mediation 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; noise complaints; disorderly conduct; minor destruction of property; creating a disturbance; and animal complaints.

UNION COUNTY MUNICIPAL COURTS

CODE

MUNICIPALITY

CT. ADMIN/DEPUTY CT. ADMIN

JUDGE

2001

Berkeley Heights
360 Elkwood Avenue
07974
Telephone:  908-743-1055
Fax:  908-665-9873

Business Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Court: 
Thursdays (Twice a Month) 9:00 AM

 
Jo-Ann Musorofiti, CMCA
Macrina Carra, DCA, CMCA

 
Donald P. Bogosian, JMC
908-658-3458 (Fax)

2002

Clark
315 Westfield Ave
07066-1704
Telephone:  732-381-5395
Fax:  732-709-7244

Business Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Court: 
Wednesdays 9:00AM

 
Lorraine Disko,CA

 
Antonio Inacio, JMC
732-340-0017 (Office)
732-340-0801 (Fax)

2003

Cranford
8 Springfield Ave
07016-2117
Telephone:  908-709-7242
Fax:  908-709-7244

Business Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Court: 
Wednesday Evenings at 5:30PM

 
Lorraine Powell, CA
Beth Marotta, DCA

 
Mark J. Cassidy, JMC
908-276-3060 (Office)
908-709-7244 (Fax)

2004

Elizabeth

Municipal Court
One Police Plaza  
07201-2307

Annex:
208 Commerce Pl. 2nd Floor
Telephone(s):  908-558-6800
                      908-558-6803
                      908-558-6822
Fax:    908-558-1503

 

Business Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Court:
Monday thru Friday 8:45AM

 
Teresa Estrada, CD
Margaret Gonzalez, CMCA
Carmela Mazza, DCA
Joann Marques, DCA
Maryluz Monsalve, DCA

 
Roman A. Montes, Chief Judge
908-558-6821

Carl L. Marshall, JMC
908-282-6800 (Office)
908-282-6801 (Fax)

Daniel Russell, JMC
908-353-5714 (Office)

Richard J. Obuch, JMC
908-351-1149 (Office)
908-353-3474 (Fax)

2005

Fanwood
75 N. Martine Street
07203-1341
Telephone:  908-322-6750
Fax:  908-322-1378

Business Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Court:
Thursday 5:30PM and 7:30PM
(Three Times a Month)

 

Joy Veeck, CMCA
Donna Zucker, DCA
Doreen Tuffalo, DCA

 

Susan M. MacMullan, JMC
908-301-0317 (Office)
908-301-1170 (Fax)

2006

Garwood
403 South Ave
07207-1296
Telephone:  908-789-0780
                  908-789-5970
Fax:  908-789-6414

Business Hours:
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Court:
Monday 10:00AM (Twice Monthly)

 

Martha Marino, CMCA
Catherine Frank, DCA

 

Antonio Inacio, JMC
732-340-0017 (Office)
732-340-0801 (Fax)

2007

Hillside
1409 Liberty Ave
07205-1398
Telephone:  973-926-1881
Fax:  973-926-2240

Business Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Court:
3rd, 4th & 5th Tuesday 8:30 AM;
Thursday 5:30PM & 8:30PM

 

Jessica Ciuia, CMCA
Roseanne F. Amato, DCA

 

Norma Garcia, JMC
973-808-1234 (Office)
973-808-8480 (Fax)

Lara DiFabrizio, JMC
908-456-2066 (Office)

2008

Kenilworth
567 Boulevard
07033-1654
Telephone:  908-276-1104
Fax:  908-276-1597

Court:
1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of the Month 9:00AM

 

Joanne Szelingiewicz, CMCA
Debra Ann Weiss, DCA, CMCA

 

Thomas A. Vitale, JMC
908-272-2424 (Office)
908-272-8639 (Fax)

2009

Linden
301 N. Wood  Ave
07036-4926
Telephone:  908-474-8546
                  908-474-8547
                  908-474-8429
Fax:  908-474-8619

Business Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Court:
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 8:30AM
                 

 

Susan Sanchez, CA
Doretha Blassingame, DCA
Carole L Friedman, DCA, CMCA

 

Daniel Roberts, JMC
908-925-8300 (Office)
908-486-6912 (Fax)

Cassandra Corbett, JMC
908-994-0400 (Office)

2010

Mountainside
1385 Route #22
07092-2603
Telephone:  908-232-5335
                  908-232-2400
Fax:  908-233-6412

Business Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Court:
Thursday 9:00AM
2nd Wednesday 5:00PM
No Court 2nd Thursday

 

Cindy West, CMCA
Debra Velard, DCA

 

James DeRose, JMC
908-233-6800 x365 (Office)
908-233-5078 (Fax)

2011

New Providence
360 Elkwood Avenue
07974-1844
Telephone:  908-665-1454
Fax:  908-665-9873    

Business Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Court:
Thursdays (Twice a Month)
  

 

Macrina Carra, CMCA
Jo-Ann Musorofiti, DCA, CMCA

 

Donald P. Bogosian, JMC
908-658-3458 (Fax)

2012

Plainfield
325 Watchung Ave
07060-1787

Telephone:  908-753-3472
908-753-3078
908-753-3081
908-753-3062
Fax:  908-753-3030

Business Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Court:
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 7:00 p.m.

 
Raymona Iwer-Slaughter, CA
Jasmine Bradley, DCA

 

Joan Robinson Gross, JMC
908-753-3065 (Office)
908-753-3030 (Fax)
908-659-4953 (M-W-F)
908-659-4955 (Fax: M-W-F)

Carl L. Marshall, JMC
908-282-6800

Patricia Weston Rivera, JMC
973-669-5823

2013

Rahway
One City Hall Plaza
07065-9985
Telephone:  732-827-2039
732-381-8000
Fax:  732-381-9879

Business Hours:
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Court:
Thursday 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
2nd Tuesday 9:30 a.m. – DWI
3rd Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – Private Sessions

 
Marylene Sheppard, CMCA
Clarissa Johnson, DCA

 

Roman A. Montes, JMC
908-558-6821 (Office)

2014

Roselle
210 Chestnut Street
07203-1218
Telephone:  908-245-5588
908-245-5928
Fax:  908-245-3366

Business Hours:
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Court:
Tuesday 9:00AM

 

Vivian Hoff, CMCA
Joanne Papa, DCA

 

Carl L. Marshall, JMC
908-282-6800 (Office)
908-282-6801 (Fax)

 
 

2015

Roselle Park
110 Westfield Ave
07204-2803
Telephone:  908-241-4631
Fax:  908-241-5719

Business Hours:
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Court:
Thursday 9:30AM

 

Nicole Nunez, CMCA
Rose Cooper, DCA
Traci Zengewald, DCA

 

Gary A. Bundy, JMC
908-810-0500 (Office)
908-810-0513 (Fax)

2016

Scotch Plains
430 Park Ave
07076-1798
Telephone:  908-322-6700
    Option #9
Fax:  908-322-0680

Business Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Court:
1st and 3rd Wednesday

 

Yvonne Rude, CMCA
Susan Eide, DCA, CMCA

 
Antonio Inacio, JMC
732-340-0017 (Office)
732-340-0801 (Fax)

2017

Springfield
100 Mountain Ave
07081-1702
Telephone:  973-912-2213
973-912-2214
973-912-2278
Fax:  973-912-2287

Business Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Court:
Monday 5:00PM

 

MaryJo Banchansky, CMCA
Rebecca McCarthy, DCA

 

Jonathan Rosenbluth, JMC
973-761-5333 (Office)
973-761-0456 (Fax)

2018

Summit
512 Springfield Ave
07901-2267
Telephone:  908-273-6166
908-273-6122
Fax:  908-522-1693

Business Hours:
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Court:
Wednesday 9:00AM
1st Wednesday 9:00AM & 4:00PM

 

 

Eileen Keating, CMCA
Sarah Henderson, DCA

 

Donald P. Bogosian, JMC
908-658-3458 (Fax)

2019

Union
981 Caldwell Ave
07083-6756
Telephone:  908-851-5400
908-851-5403
Fax:  908-851-5256

Business Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Court:
1st Appearance Wednesday 9:00 a.m.
Trials:  Monday 9:00 a.m.;
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.;
Thursday 6:00 p.m.

 

Pat Nasta, CMCA
Debra Weiss, DCA, CMCA
Donna Brooke, DCA
Stephanie Pulliam, DCA
Tammi Nishimura, DCA, CMCA

 

Jonathan H. Rosenbluth, JMC
973-761-5333 (Office)
973-761-0456 (Fax)

Kelly Waters, JMC
973-624-0800 X207 (Office)

 Cassandra Corbett, JMC                        908-994-0400 (Office)

 

2020

Westfield
425 Broad Street, E.
07090-2196
Telephone:  908-789-4060
Fax:  908-654-1520

Business Hours:
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Court:
Wednesday 9:00AM or 4:30PM

 

Carol Salvaggio, CMCA
Ann Margeotes, DCA

 

Brenda Coppola Cuba, JMC
908-233-9950 (Office)
908-233-5612 (Fax)

2021

Winfield
12 Gulfstream Ave
07036-6698
Telephone:  908-925-3937
Fax:  908-925-4526 

Business Hours:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Court:
2nd Tuesday of the Month 6:00PM
                         

 

Debra Ann Weiss, CMCA, Acting CA

 

Joanne Szelingiewicz, CMCA, Acting DCA
908-964-8310 (Office)
908-964-0072 (Fax)

 

 

UNION VICINAGE MUNICIPAL PROSECUTORS AND PUBLIC DEFENDERS

MUNICIPALITY

PROSECUTOR

PUBLIC DEFENDER

Berkeley Heights

Michael Mitzner
(973) 668-9985

August Santore, Jr.
(908) 665-8004

Clark

John Henry Barr, Jr.
(732) 340-0600

Stephanie Mitterhoff
(908) 322-7000

Cranford

Robert P. Donovan
(973) 565-2195

John J. DeMassi
(908) 322-8211

Elizabeth

Norma Murgado
(908) 659-0101

Ashton Thomas
(908) 289-3640

Patricia Mack
(908) 289-5001

Anabella Decruz-Melo
(908) 352-0400

Larry Centanni
(908) 769-1790

Tangerla Mitchell-Thomas
(908) 337-2524

Annette Quijano
(908) 469-5900

Christopher Howard
(908) 272-4300

Kevin Harris
(908) 558-6855

Bob Carroll
(908) 659-0101

Nuno Afonso
(908) 686-9094

Celeste Smith-Dudley
(908) 686-0110

Deidre Mason
(908) 663-2444

Diene Hernandez
(08) 289-5599

Chanima Odoms
(201) 401-5936

Lindle Scott
(908) 355-1116

Maria Dias
(877) 451-0008

Fanwood

Daniel Antonelli
(908) 688-9303

Eric Frins
(908) 322-6750

Garwood

Robert P. Donovan
(973) 565-2195

Scott M. Marinelli
(908) 654-9559

Hillside

Moshood Maftau
(908) 527-4250

Tangerla Mitchell-Thomas
(908) 337-2524

Josephine Gonzalez
 (908) 355-2888

Samuel M. Manigault
(908) 654-9559

Kenilworth

John Henry Barr
(732) 340-0600

Traci Zalinski
(973) 325-2100

Daniel R. Bevere
(973) 661-0710

Linden

Nicholas P. Scutari
(908) 925-1956

Daniel Antonelli
(908) 668-9303

Anthony Palumbo
(908) 272-9700

Jennie Berlinski
(908) 688-3290

Mountainside

Frank Sahaj
(908) 654-8900

James Foerst
(973) 258-9200

New Providence

Robert C. Thelander
(908) 273-2900

John DeMassi
(908) 322-8211

Plainfield

Sheila Ellington
(908) 296-3456

Robert Wilson
(908) 722-7555

Suzette Cadavas
(973) 344-8887

Sheila Ellington
(908) 296-3456

Steven Brister
(908) 352-2262

Clarence Barknight
(908) 436-0006

Joy Spriggs
(908) 756-9209

Rahway

Richard A. Fazzari
(732) 596-0702

Daniel J. McCarthy
(908) 931-1150

Roselle

Steven Merman
(908) 272-7198

Manuel Grova
(908) 353-6764

Khalifah Shabazz
(973) 624-1503

Roselle Park

Richard Huxford
(908) 709-1700

Harvey Fruchter
(908) 241-2626

Scotch Plains

Theresa Mullen
(908) 276-9660

 

Eric Morrell
(732) 249-9933

Springfield

Moshood Muftau
(973) 946-6254

Steven Goldstein
(973) 912-0555

Summit

Michael Mitzner
(908) 668-9985

John J. Demassi
(908) 322-8211

Union

Drew Bauman
(973) 763-9876

Dawn Donahue
(908) 641-6122

Michael Wittenberg
(201) 963-3433

William Strazza
(908) 688-8005

Jennie Berlinski
(908) 688-3290

Jeffrey Cohen
(908) 688-2232

Westfield

Anthony Prieto
(908) 653-0909

Gavin Handwerker
(908) 203-6423

Winfield

Norman Albert
908-272-7722

 

Vito Mazza
908-316-0164

 

Introduction

The Municipal Mediation Program utilizes trained volunteers from your locality to help resolve disputes. Mediation is often the preferred option for disputes that involve people in ongoing relationships such as neighbors, friends, relatives, and co-workers. Mediation is available to everyone who lives or works in Union County.

Why should I try Mediation?
Mediation is a structured and confidential form of negotiation that provides you with a convenient, fair, and effective way to resolve disputes. If your case is heard in court before a judge, there is usually at least one loser: You do not negotiate, and you do not decide what happens to your case. The judge must make a decision in accordance with the law.

In mediation, by contrast, you have significant control over the process. A court-appointed, trained mediator assists you and the person(s) with whom you in conflict in negotiating a solution to your problem. It is a solution that both sides consider fair and reasonable. Mediation often results in a win-win outcome. Moreover, no one ever gets a police record.

What are the costs?
Mediation is free. There are no court costs, and there is no payment to the mediators.

Who are the Mediators?
Mediators are concerned members of the community who have volunteered their time and talents to provide a free, effective, and timely method for settling disputes. They are required to complete an intensive training course and to participate in ongoing educational activities. All mediators must be approved by the New Jersey Superior Court.

What Kinds of Matters are Appropriate for Mediation?
Mediation can be used for the less serious kinds of disputes that you may consider taking to Municipal Court. These matters include conflicts between neighbors, landlord-tenant disputes, disagreements between customer and merchants, and a wide assortment of interpersonal problems such as noise complaints and conflicts involving pet owners.

How does Mediation Work?
In order to maximize the likelihood of success, it is important that both parties cooperate with the mediator and understand some basic ground rules. Specifically, the following points are important:

1. Mediators do not decide who is right or wrong. They facilitate a discussion between the parties.
2. The parties are expected to negotiate in GOOD FAITH. Both sides will be committed to reaching a mutually acceptable agreement.
3. Each side will be given an equal chance to talk, but only one person may speak at a time.
4. Name calling, foul language, rowdy behavior, and threats will not be tolerated.
5. Only individuals directly involved in the dispute are allowed to be present at mediation sessions.
6. Mediators are prohibited from discussing the dispute with anyone not directly involved.
7. Although not required for the purposes of mediation, evidence (e.g., receipts or photographs) may be submitted; and witnesses may appear so long as they contribute relevant information. It is the disputants' responsibility to arrange for the appearance of any witnesses.
8. Attorneys may attend mediation sessions in an advisory capacity, but they are not allowed to actively participate.
9. Mediation sessions are confidential. Disclosures and proposals made in an effort to resolve disputes cannot be used in any subsequent court proceeding concerning the matter.

The Agreement
If an agreement is reached, the mediator will put it in writing. Each party will sign the agreement and receive a copy. If no agreement is reached or if an agreement is subsequently broken, the complaining party may wish to pursue a formal action in Municipal Court.

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