Municipal Court

WELCOME TO THE KINNELON MUNICIPAL COURT

Mission Statement

We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this State.

Vision Statement

We will be a court system, characterized by excellence; that strives to attain justice for the individual and society through the rule of law. We will:

  • Provide equal access to a fair and effective system of justice for all without excess cost, inconvenience, or delay, with sensitivity to an increasingly diverse society.
  • Offer complementary methods of dispute resolution while preserving the constitutional right to trial by an impartial judge or jury and ensuring compliance with the results achieved through effective enforcement of court orders.
  • Provide quality service that continuously improves, that meets or exceeds public expectations, and that ensures that all are treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect.
  • Maintain the independence of the Judiciary while strengthening relations with the public, the bar, and the other branches of government.
  • Acknowledge and enhance the potential of every person in our organization to contribute to the administration of justice through participation, training, and technology.
  • Share a sense of common identity and purpose as a statewide Judiciary.
  • Earn the respect and confidence of an informed public.

Statement of Core Values

Required to accomplish our mission are four paramount values representing the core of what we stand for as an organization:

  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Quality Service

Your rights in the Municipal Courts of New Jersey

  1. You have the right to be informed of the charge against you.
  2. You have the right to remain silent concerning the charge against you. Anything you say can be used against you.
  3. You may plead guilty or not guilty to the charge against you. If you choose to plead not guilty, a trial will be scheduled. You must be prepared to proceed at that time.
  4. You have the right to a reasonable adjournment to speak to an attorney and/or to prepare a defense.
  5. You have the right to an attorney. You have the right to have an attorney appointed to assist you if the Court finds that:
    1. You meet the income eligibility guidelines, and
    2. You are facing a sanction of magnitude, namely, a jail term, a suspension of your driving privileges or a substantial fine.
  6. You are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The State has the burden of proving you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Court Staff and Hours

The Municipal Court is principally directed by the Municipal Court Judge, Andrew M. Wubbenhorst.
Court Administrator, Ashley Fritz , C.M.C.A
Monday – Friday 8:30 AM - 4 PM

This is a list of some things the Court Staff CAN and CANNOT do for you.
Please read it carefully before asking the Court Staff for help.

  • WE CAN  explain and answer questions about how the court works.
  • WE CAN  tell you what the requirements are to have your case considered by the court
  • WE CAN  give you some information from your case file.
  • WE CAN  provide you with samples of court forms that are available.
  • WE CAN  provide you with guidance on how to fill out forms.
  • WE CAN  usually answer questions about court deadlines.
  • WE CANNOT  give you legal advice. Only your attorney can give you legal advice.
  • WE CANNOT  tell you whether or not you should bring your case to court.
  • WE CANNOT  give you an opinion about what will happen if you bring your case to court.
  • WE CANNOT  recommend an attorney, but we can provide you with the telephone number of a local attorney referral service.
  • WE CANNOT  talk to the judge for you about what will happen in your case.
  • WE CANNOT  let you talk to the judge outside of court.
  • WE CANNOT  change an order issued by a judge.

We look forward to helping you in accordance with these guidelines.

Pay your traffic tickets online

www.njmcdirect.com  We are pleased to be associated with NJMCdirect - this is a fast, secure and convenient way to access your traffic ticket(s) information online.

Payments

Make checks or money orders payable to "Kinnelon Municipal Court".  Credit cards are accepted at the Violations Bureau window.  We will not accept credit card payments over the phone.

Plea By Mail ( Statement in Mitigation or Defense by Certification)

Out-of-state residents have the option to plea by mail. A plea by mail is available to defendants with traffic tickets. Individuals that cannot appear in court should first contact the court to verify this information and have a form sent to you.

Plea By Mail Form

Courtroom Etiquette

  • Please arrive to court on time according to the scheduling court notice sent through the mail.  The Judge will take attendance at the beginning of each court session.
  • Please check for your name on the court docket located outside the courtroom entrance and take a seat in the courtroom.  If you do not see your name, please see a clerk in the Violations Bureau.
  • The courtroom, violation bureau, and lobby area have security cameras monitored by the police department at all times.  All persons entering the building are subject to search.  Illegal weapons will be confiscated by a police officer.
  • Absolutely, NO CELL PHONE USE in the courtroom and violations bureau.  Please silence your ringer.
  • The Judge and Prosecutor will address the courtroom as to the procedure for the session.  We ask for your patience as all cases are handled in a timely fashion.  Please notify a clerk of any special circumstances.

Helpful Information:

NJ DMV Points Schedule

NJ DMV

Any questions regarding your driving privileges or points against your license in the state of New Jersey, please contact the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission online (click above image) or call (609) 292-6500.

Surcharges

Surcharges are fines assessed by New Jersey Surcharge Violation System (NJSVS). Drivers who have excessive points for traffic violations or have been convicted in court for specific offenses  such as driving while intoxicated (DWI) are liable for Surcharge. Surcharges are in addition to any court fines and/or penalties and are billed yearly for three years. If you have received a surcharge notice in the mail and do not see an answer to your question on this page or in the FAQ, please call the New Jersey Surcharge Violation System at (888-651-9999). 
Why do you get a Surcharge?

Your New Jersey driving record is reviewed every time points or other serious violations are added to your driving record. If you accumulate six or more points within three years from your last posted violation, you will receive a $150 Surcharge plus $25 for each additional point. A points based Surcharge can result in a Surcharge for three years.

Additional violations that will result in a Surcharge due for three years:

  • $100 for unlicensed driver or driver with expired license ($300 total)
  • $250 for driving with a suspended license ($750 total)
  • $100 for failure to insure a moped  ($300 total)
  • $250 for operating an uninsured vehicle  ($750 total)
  • $1,000 for first and second driving while intoxicated (DWI)  ($3,000 total)
  • $1,500 third DWI  (if it occurs within three years last offense) ($4,500 total)
  • $1,000 for refusing to take test to measure blood alcohol concentration  ($3,000 total)

NJ Records Request Form

To access records of dispositions for traffic summons or criminal complaints, download the form below and return to the court via mail or fax to (973) 838-9161.  
Contact the court regarding fees for your request.

Records Request Form

Kinnelon Municipal Court complies with all ADA requirements.

For the hearing impaired, we can provide an assisted listening device.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT THE VIOLATIONS BUREAU.