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. 

2015 Court Sessions are:

January 7th            1:00 PM                    6:00 PM                                               

January 14th          ---                              6:00 PM                                                                                               

January 21st          1:00 PM                    6:00 PM                                                               

January 28th          ---                              6:00 PM                                                                                               


February 4th          ---                              6:00 PM                                                                                               

February 11th        1:00 PM                    6:00 PM                                               

February 18th        ---                              6:00 PM                                                                                               

February 25th        1:00 PM                    6:00 PM                                               


March     4th          ---                              6:00 PM                                                                                               

March 11th            1:00 PM                    6:00 PM                                               

March 18th            ---                              6:00 PM                                                               

March 25th            1:00 PM                    6:00 PM                                                               


April 8th                  ---                            6:00 PM                                                                               

April 15th                1:00 PM                  6:00 PM                                                               

April 22nd               ---                            6:00 PM                                                                               

April 29th                1:00 PM                  6:00 PM               


May 6th                  ---                             6:00 PM                                                               

May 13th                1:00 PM                   6:00 PM                                                               

May 20th                ---                             6:00 PM               


June 3rd                  ---                             6:00 PM                                                               

June 10th                1:00 PM                   6:00 PM                                                               

June 17th                        ---                            6:00 PM                                                                               

June 24th                1:00 PM                   6:00 PM


July 8th                   ---                             6:00 PM               

July 15th                 1:00 PM                   6:00 PM

July 22nd                ---                             6:00 PM               

July 29th                 ---                             6:00 PM               


August 5th              ---                             6:00 PM               

August 12th            1:00 PM                   6:00 PM

August 19th            ---                             6:00 PM               

August 26th            ---                             6:00 PM               


September 2nd         ---                             6:00 PM               

September 16th      1:00PM                      6:00 PM

September 30th      1:00PM                      6:00 PM


October 7th            ---                               6:00 PM               

October 14th          1:00 PM                     6:00 PM

October 21st          ---                               6:00 PM               

October 28th          1:00 PM                     6:00 PM


November 4th        1:00 PM                     6:00 PM

November 18th      1:00 PM                     6:00 PM

December 2nd         1:00 PM                    6:00 PM

December 9th         1:00 PM                     6:00 PM

December 16th      ---                                6:00 PM