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 2017 Court Sessions are:

January 4th 6:00 PM
January 11th 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
January 18th 6:00 PM
January 25th 6:00 PM
February 1st 6:00 PM
February 8th 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
February 15th 6:00 PM
February 22nd 6:00 PM
March 1st 6:00 PM
March 8th 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
March 15th CANCELLED
March 22nd 6:00 PM
April 5th 6:00 PM
April 19th 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
April 26th 6:00 PM
May 3rd 6:00 PM
May 10th 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
May 17th 6:00 PM
May 24th 6:00 PM
June 7th 6:00 PM
June 14th 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
June 28th 6:00 PM
July 12th 6:00 PM
July 19th 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
July 26th 6:00 PM
August 9th

6:00 PM

August 15th  10:00AM   
August 16th 6:00 PM
August 23rd 6:00 PM
September 6th 6:00 PM
September 12th  10:00 AM   
September 13th 6:00 PM
September 27th 6:00 PM
October 4th 6:00 PM
October 10th  10:00 AM    
October 11th 6:00 PM
October 18th 6:00 PM
October 25th 6:00 PM
November 1st 6:00 PM
November 8th 6:00 PM
November 14th  10:00 AM    
November 15th 6:00 PM
December 6th 6:00 PM
December 12th  10:00 AM
December 13th 6:00 PM




Phone: (201) 794-5348