Municipal Court

The Paterson Municipal Court is considered a court of limited jurisdiction, having responsibility for motor vehicle and parking tickets, minor criminal-type offenses (for example, simple assault and bad checks), municipal ordinance offenses (such as dog barking or building code violations) and other offenses. Many serious criminal cases, such as robbery, auto theft, or assault, start out as complaints filed in the Municipal Court but those cases are transferred to the Superior Court located at the county courthouse. Under the guidelines prescribed by both the New Jersey Rules of Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Paterson Municipal Court is responsible for both the processing and disposition of all traffic summonses, criminal complaints and city ordinance violations cited within the City of Paterson.

The Paterson Municipal Court provides twenty three court sessions each week for trials and arraignments. There are twenty daily sessions and three evening sessions. There are also a special first appearances (traffic arraignments) domestic violence sessions, and driving while intoxicated sessions scheduled weekly.

The Court also provides the community with a forum for fair and impartial resolution of disputes arising between neighbors, family members and local business owners. Pursuant to regulations promulgated by the Administrative Office of the Courts, Paterson Municipal Court provides trained mediators to assist with these complaints. The Mediators seek to resolve disputes by encouraging discussion between the parties to help them reach an agreement they can both accept, without pursuing a matter through the courts to trial and conviction.

The Court's five Judges also perform marriage ceremonies and on a rotating basis are available 24 hours per day for restraining orders, search warrants and bails.

The Court has 45 full and part-time employees under the supervision of the Presiding Judge. There are four additional Judges, all of whom are appointed pursuant to City Ordinances. There is one Court Director who is responsible for all administrative functions of the Court; one Court Administrator, who is responsible for overseeing the issuance and jurating of all complaints and warrants, as well as supervision of employees; one Violations Clerk whose responsibility is to supervise the cashiers, bookkeepers and employees assigned to traffic matters.

In addition, there are seven (7) deputy court administrators whose primary duties are to assist in Court sessions and prepare a log of court proceedings. There are seven (7) cashiers whose primary responsibility is to receipt all payments made to the Court; and one bookkeeper who is responsible for reconciling all court accounts on a daily basis.

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Paterson Municipal Court
111 Broadway
Paterson, NJ 07505
Monday - Friday
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Monday - Wednesday
5:30PM - 8:00PM


  • You are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty without a reasonable doubt.
  • You have a right to be informed of the charges against you.
  • You have the right to remain silent, and anything you say may be held against you.
  • You have the right to retain an Attorney.
  • You have the right to be assigned a Public Defender if the Judge determines that you cannot afford an Attorney and there is a likelihood that if you will be convicted, you will either go to jail, receive a substantial fine, or your drivers license will be suspended.
  • You have the right to request a reasonable postponement so that you have the opportunity to consult with an Attorney and prepare a proper defense.
  • You have the right to testify or not testify on your own behalf.
  • You have the right to subpoena witnesses to testify on your behalf.
  • You have the right to appeal a decision within Twenty (20) days of conviction.

Contact Us

City of Paterson, NJ

Manuel Quiles, Municipal Court Director
111 Broadway
Paterson, NJ 07505
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  • Phone: (973) 321-1515
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  • Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:30am - 4:30pm

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