Municipal Court

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Judge Jason T. Shafron

The violations bureau is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (except holidays). From July 6, 2020 through September 4, 2020 the violations bureau will be closed on Fridays.

The municipal court / violations bureau reopens on Wednesdays for the purpose of conducting weekly court sessions.

Effective Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the Fair Lawn Municipal Court will begin holding in-person court sessions. The session times will be staggered. Please read your notice to appear carefully to see if you are required to appear for the 5:00 pm session or the 6:00 pm session.

Procedures and policies you should be aware of for your scheduled court date:

  • You will be required to wear a mask to enter the municipal building and the entire time you are in the building.
     
  • Only the names listed on the court calendar will be permitted to enter the building for the court session. No relatives or friends are permitted to enter the facility. This includes children. If you are represented by an attorney, their name will appear on the court calendar and they will be allowed entry.
     
  • Please let security know upon arrival if you are represented by an attorney. You will not be allowed to enter until your attorney arrives to enter together.
     
  • You are prohibited from bringing any personal items, such as, handbags, backpacks or briefcases into the building. It is recommended that you leave said items home or locked safely away. You will be permitted to enter with only your car keys, cell phone (which must be silenced) and any paperwork or documents related to your case.
     
  • Once you have been granted access to the municipal building, you are to proceed to the second floor and court security will direct you where you can meet with the municipal prosecutor.  If you anticipate a fine being imposed, please remember to bring with you, cash, credit card and or personal check.
     
  • Social distancing will be monitored and enforced at all times and must be adhered to in the hallways and within the courtroom. Please practice 6 feet of social distancing for your safety and the safety of others.

Responsibilities

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, and 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 Jason T. Shafron. 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.

2020 Municipal Court Schedule:

January     July  
January 8th 6:00 p.m.   July 8th Per notice
January 15th 6:00 p.m.   July 15th Per notice
January 22rd 6:00 p.m.   July 22nd Per notice
January 29th 6:00 p.m.   July 29th Per notice
         
February     August  
February 5th 6:00 p.m.   August 5th Per notice
February 12th 6:00 p.m.   August 12th Per notice
February 19th 6:00 p.m.   August 19th Per notice
February 26th 6:00 p.m.   August 26th Per notice
         
March     September  
March 4th 6:00 p.m.   September 16th 6:00 p.m.
March 11th 6:00 p.m.   September 23rd 6:00 p.m.
March 18th Cancelled   September 30th 6:00 p.m.
March 25th Cancelled      
         
April     October  
April 1st Cancelled   October 7th 6:00 p.m.
April 15th Cancelled   October 14th 6:00 p.m. 
April 22nd Cancelled   October 21st 6:00 p.m.
April 29th Cancelled   October 28th 6:00 p.m.
         
May     November  
May 6th Cancelled   November 5th 6:00 p.m.
May 13th Cancelled      
May 20th Cancelled      
May 27th Cancelled   December  
      December 2nd 6:00 p.m.
June     December 19th 6:00 p.m.
June 3rd Cancelled   December 16th 6:00 p.m.
June 17th Cancelled   December 30th 6:00 p.m.
June 24th 6:00 p.m.       

Please refer to your notice to appear for the time you are scheduled to appear in court. If you are not sure of the time you are required to appear, call the court office at (201) 794-5348