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. 

2016 Court Sessions are:

February 24th         __                           6:00 PM


March 2nd                     ___                                      6:00 PM

March 9th               1:00 PM                 6:00 PM               

March 16th            ---                            6:00 PM               

 March 23rd           __                            6:00 PM


April 13th                1:00 PM                6:00 PM

April 20th                ___                        6:00 PM 

April 27th                ___                        6:00 PM


May 4th                  ___                         6:00 PM

May 11th                 1:00 PM                6:00 PM

May 18th                ___                         6:00 PM


June 1st                   ___                         6:00 PM

June 15th                1:00 PM                  6:00 PM

June 29th                 ___                         6:00 PM


July 13th                 ___                         6:00 PM

July 20th                 1:00 PM                 6:00 PM

July 27th                 ___                         6:00 PM


August 10th            ___                         6:00 PM

August 17th            1:00 PM                 6:00 PM

August 31st            ___                         6:00 PM


September 14th     ___                         6:00 PM

September 21st     1:00 PM                 6:00 PM

September 28th     ___                         6:00 PM


October 5th            ___                         6:00 PM

October 19th          1:00 PM                 6:00 PM

October 26th          ___                         6:00 PM 


November 2nd     ___                         6:00 PM

November 9th        1:00 PM                6:00 PM

November 16th     ___                         6:00 PM


December 7th            1:00 PM                 6:00 PM

December 14th       1:00 PM                 6:00 PM






Phone: (201) 794-5348