Municipal Court

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Judge Jason T. Shafron
 

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 1st 6:00 p.m.
January 15th 6:00 p.m.   July 8th 6:00 p.m.
January 22rd 6:00 p.m.   July 15th 6:00 p.m.
January 29th 6:00 p.m.   July 22nd 6:00 p.m.
         
February     August  
February 5th 6:00 p.m.   August 5th 6:00 p.m.
February 12th 6:00 p.m.   August 19th 6:00 p.m.
February 19th 6:00 p.m.   August 26th 6:00 p.m.
February 26th 6:00 p.m.      
         
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 6:00 p.m.   November 4th 6:00 p.m.
May 13th 6:00 p.m.      
May 20th 6:00 p.m.      
May 27th 6:00 p.m.   December  
      December 2nd 6:00 p.m.
June     December 19th 6:00 p.m.
June 3rd 6:00 p.m.   December 16th 6:00 p.m.
June 17th 6:00 p.m.   December 30th 6:00 p.m.
June 24th 6:00 p.m.