21 Church Street, Vernon, NJ 07462
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.
Online Municipal Case Resolution:
NO COURT APPEARANCE REQUIRED. Online ticket review is available to DISPUTE certain moving and parking violations through the Online Municipal Case Resolution System. By having your violation reviewed online, it is not necessary to make any court appearance. Visit njmdirect.com and enter your ticket information to see if your offense is eligible and select under the quick links Online Municipal Case Resolution. All communications using this platform will be sent via email only.
Plea By Mail:
You may instead elect to resolve your matter without the need for a virtual court appearance by completing the Plea by mail form. This form may only be used to plead Not Guilty or Guilty to certain traffic or parking cases, or guilty in certain non-traffic cases.
Completed forms and any supporting documents can be emailed to Lindsay.Palmisano@njcourts.gov or mailed via US Mail.
Request For a Hearing:
If your matter is NOT eligible for online ticket review, you can still request to have certain tickets heard in the Vernon Township Virtual Municipal Court. To plead NOT Guilty and request a Virtual court hearing, please call (973) 764-4737.
NJMCdirect – the fast, secure and convenient way to access and pay your Traffic Ticket and Municipal Complaint online. To view or pay your Traffic Ticket/Municipal Complaint, please enter the information below.
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.
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.
September 13, 20, 27
October 11, 18, 25
November 15, 22
December 13, 20
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.
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.