Vernon Township

21 Church Street, Vernon, NJ 07462
Phone: 973.764.4055

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.

Required to accomplish our mission are four paramount values representing the core of what we stand for as an organization: independence, integrity, fairness and quality service.

Municipal court is presided over by a judge who is appointed to a three year term by the mayor, with the advise and consent of the township council.

Cases heard in this venue include everything from traffic tickets and drunk driving to barking dogs, harassment, criminal trespassing, assault, terroristic threats, domestic violence, indictable matters and violations of the fish and game and forest and park laws.

If you need the service of an interpreter or require an ADA accommodation, please notify the municipal court administrator prior to your court appearance.

New Online Municipal Court Resolution

Vernon Municipal Court now offers online ticket review to dispute certain moving violations through the Online Municipal Case Resolution System. By having a moving violation reviewed online, it is not necessary to make any court appearance. Simply visit njmcdirect.com and enter your ticket information to see if your offense is eligible, and select the option for Case Dispute. Eligible traffic tickets will be reviewed by a prosecutor and you will be notified with their recommendation.

Community Dispute Resolution Committee (CDRC)

The court has established a Community Dispute Resolution Committee (CDRC) which is made up of citizens who have been specially trained in mediation techniques. Its purpose is to help resolve minor disputes between private citizens. Rather than going through formal court proceedings, the parties appear before the committee and work together to develop an equitable solution. This type of mediation is ideal for neighborhood disputes, business/consumer complaints, simple harassment/trespass, dog/noise complaints, bad checks and landlord/tenant disputes. For more information about the CDRC, please contact the court administrator.

2022 Municipal Court Sessions Schedule

During the COVID-19 pandemic, municipal courts have cancelled their in-person court sessions. The following court dates are all virtual court dates using Zoom. When you are scheduled for virtual court, you will get an e-mail with the link to join the session. Refer to your court notice or e-mail for specific times for your virtual court. For further information, please contact the Vernon Municipal Court.

Clearing a Criminal or Juvenile Record (Expungement)

An expungement is the removal and isolation of all records on file within any court, detention or correctional facility, law enforcement, criminal justice agency or juvenile justice agency concerning a person's apprehension, arrest, detention, trial or disposition of an offense within the criminal or juvenile justice system. Unless otherwise provided by law, if an order for expungement is granted, the adult arrest, the record of law enforcement taking you into custody as a juvenile, conviction, adjudication of delinquency, disposition and any related proceedings are considered not to have occurred.

Expungement Packet for use by self-represented litigants  

Expedited Expungements

If you are charged with a disorderly persons offense, petty disorderly persons offense or a municipal ordinance violations, and those charges are either dismissed, you are acquitted, or your case is discharged without a conviction or finding of guilt, you may be eligible for an expedited expungement pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6. For more information and to determine if you are eligible, you may inquire with the municipal court at the time of disposition.

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Vernon Township

21 Church Street
Vernon, NJ 07462

Phone: 973.764.4055 

Township Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Police

Emergencies Dial 9-1-1
Non-Emergencies Dial 973-764-6155

Links

Current Agendas

Township Council

Land Use Board