Municipal Court

The Fair Lawn Municipal Court is responsible for the prosecution, trial and ultimate disposition of offenses committed within the territorial limits and boundaries of the Borough. These offenses include, but are not limited to, all motor vehicle and traffic laws; all violations of the New Jersey Criminal Justice Code classified as disorderly persons and petty disorderly persons offenses; all violations of Borough Ordinances and Codes. The responsibility also includes the prosecution of DWI (driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drug) offenses, and issuance of temporary restraining orders involving incidents of domestic violence.

The Court handles the processing of initial complaints, summonses, arrest warrants, search warrants, probable cause hearings, suppression of evidence motions, subpoenas, failure to appear notices, motor vehicle suspension notices, commitments to the jail and/or county mental health facilities, discharges, bail determinations, and arraignments.

In addition, its duties also include the appointment of public defenders for indigent defendants, and determinations regarding jail or alternative sentencing options like drug and alcohol intervention programs, mental health intervention programs, violence counseling and complimentary dispute resolution (mediation).

The Violations Bureau, which is a branch of the Court, handles the collections of fines for summonses issued in Fair Lawn. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except holidays). The telephone number for the Court Office is (201) 794-5348 and the facsimile number is (201) 703-4262.

The Court is presided over by a Municipal Court Judge who is appointed to a three (3) year term by the Borough Council. The current Municipal Court Judge is Steven C. Schechter. The Municipal Courts day to day operations are managed by Clare M. Cabibbo, Certified Municipal Court Administrator.

All Municipal Court Sessions are open to the Public. The Municipal Court holds court sessions on Wednesdays. 

The 2018 Court Sessions are:

January 9th 10:00 AM
January 10th 6:00 PM
January 17th 6:00 PM
January 24th 6:00 PM
January 31th 6:00 PM
February 7th 6:00 PM
February 13th 10:00 AM
February 14th 6:00 PM
February 21st 6:00 PM
February 28th 6:00 PM
March 7th 6:00 PM
March 13th 10:00 AM
March 14th 6:00 PM
March 21st 6:00 PM
March 28th 6:00 PM
April 4th 6:00 PM
April 10th 10:00 AM
April 11th 6:00 PM
April 18th 6:00 PM
April 25th 6:00 PM
May 2nd 6:00 PM
May 8th 10:00 AM
May 9th 6:00 PM
May 16th 6:00 PM
May 23rd 6:00 PM
June 6th 6:00 PM
June 12th 10:00 AM
June 13th 6:00 PM
June 20th 6:00 PM
June 27th 6:00 PM
July 10th 10:00 AM
July 11th 6:00 PM
June 18th 6:00 PM
June 25th 6:00 PM
August 1st 6:00 PM
August 14th 10:00AM
August 15th 6:00 PM
August 29th 6:00 PM
September 12th 6:00 PM
September 18th 10:00 AM
September 26th 6:00 PM
October 3rd 6:00 PM
October 9th 10:00 AM
October 10th 6:00 PM
October 17th 6:00 PM
October 24th 6:00 PM
November 14th 6:00 PM
November 20th 10:00 AM
November 28th 6:00 PM
December 5th 6:00 PM
December 11th 10:00 AM
December 12th 6:00 PM
December 19th 6:00 PM




Phone: (201) 794-5348