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Updated COVID-19 Procedures


The Municipal Court sessions will now be conducted virtually/remotely via the Zoom Platform to minimize the exposure to COVID-19. When contacting  the Municipal Court by fax, email, regular mail or voicemail provide the following information. 

You must provide the following information:
  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • Summons, Ticket or Complaint Number
  • Cell phone Number along with provider
The Court will mail a notice for your virtual court appearance that will have a neon sticker on the front of the notice with the Zoom login information, ID and password.

Forms And Useful Tips

Below you can find forms and information about the Municipal Court that may assist you.

Your Day in Court: https://www.njcourts.gov/forms/10959_yourdayincourt_8x11.pdf?c=vbt

Municipal Court Opening Statement (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_zJg-XLde0)

Where may I pay my fine? www.NJMCdirect.com

The Plainfield Municipal Court is part of a dispute resolution  program with www.NJMCdirect.com. It allows litigants that have a ticket in the City of Plainfield to fight the ticket online instead of going to court or appearing virtually via Zoom.

The public can access the Online Municipal Case Resolution system through www.NJMCdirect.com after entering a valid ticket number.  
The ticket must have one of the 37 eligible offenses codes. 

A list is available online or Click Here to review.

  • When the user clicks the dispute case button, will be prompted to register and create an account. 
  • After the registration process, they will be able to proceed with disputing the case.


Do I qualify for a Public Defender:
 https://njcourts.gov/courts/assets/municipal/indigencyguidelines.pdf?c=KRC

Statewide Violation Schedule:  https://www.njcourts.gov/attorneys/assets/directives/dir_15_20.pdf?c=aNi

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Point Schedule:   http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Violations/penalties_pointSchedule.htm

Records Request Application Form Online at https://www.njcourts.gov/selfhelp/index.html

Municipal Court Appeal Forms: https://www.njcourts.gov/forms/10559_muni_appeal_kit.pdf?c=QQ0

The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over cases within their territorial jurisdiction, including violations of municipal ordinance, violations of motor vehicle and traffic laws, disorderly person’s offenses, petty disorderly person’s offenses and other non-indictable offenses, except where exclusive jurisdiction is given to the Superior Court. Also included within this jurisdiction are violations of fish and game laws and weights and measures.

You may forward the completed forms via email to PLMC.325@plainfieldnj.com,  or fax to (908)753-3030. If you need further assistance please contact the Municipal Court staff at (908) 753-3064.

Payment Options

To address fees associated with certain violations residents may utilize an on-line payment option which is made available by the State of New Jersey. Payments can be made using a VISA or MasterCard only. This service can be found on the internet at www.njmcdirect.com. Directions for payments and some frequently asked questions are found on this site.

Customers may also make payments at the Municipal Court Building. The violations payment window is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. If you are unable to make a payment at the violation window and do not wish to use regular mail, you are welcome to drop off a payment, in the form of a check or money order, in the drop box located in the lobby of the Police Department.

Credit card payments can be made online or at the violations payment window. Credit Card payments cannot be made over the phone.

Payments for code enforcement, housing violations and criminal cases on a payment plan can be made online.

Security

All persons entering the Municipal Court will be required to pass through a metal detector. Any person(s) with medical conditions that would be affected by the metal detector are asked to enter through the Plainfield Police Station entrance on East Fourth Street.
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Document Center

The Document Center provides easy access to public documents. Click on one of the categories below to see related documents or use the search function.

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  • Updated COVID-19 Court Proceedings - May 11, 2020
    document _recordid 1379
  • Updated COVID-19 Court Proceedings Spanish - May 11, 2020
    document _recordid 1383
  • Updated COVID-19 Court Proceedings - April 30, 2020
    document _recordid 1384
  • Updated COVID-19 Court Proceedings Spanish  - April 30, 2020
    document _recordid 1385
  • Updated COVID-19 Court Proceedings - April 01, 2020
    document _recordid 1387
  • Updated COVID-19 Court Proceedings Spanish - April 01, 2020
    document _recordid 1388
  • Updated COVID-19 Court Proceedings - March 16, 2020
    document _recordid 1389