The Borough of Fort Lee Municipal Court sessions will be conducted remotely to minimize exposure to COVID-19. Individuals scheduled to appear before the municipal court can have their matter reviewed by submitting a plea by mail form found under forms. Accordingly, all complainants, defendants, attorneys, victims are to contact the municipal court via email here or at 201-592-3500 x1509 to provide your full name, e-mail address and cell phone number within seven days of a court notice.
There is a drop box at the entrance of the rear of the Municipal building (309 Main Street) to drop off a payment. Please make sure the envelope is marked Borough for Fort Lee Municipal Court. If you would like a receipt please include a self addressed envelope. Please do not put cash in the drop box.
Case Resolution Without In-Person Appearance
The public can now ask the municipal prosecutor to review their traffic matters and may be able to resolve their case without having to appear in person, under a recent change to municipal court operations in New Jersey.
The Judiciary’s Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) program, which started in mid-May of 2020 in approximately 30 municipal courts, allows court users to dispute a charge and provide information or evidence to municipal prosecutors online. The ODR program applies to 37 traffic offenses, such as speeding, failure to have an insurance card, or failure to yield, where defendants commonly provide additional documentation and seek a reduced charge before pleading guilty.
Court users can make their requests for review to the municipal prosecutor through NJMC Direct webpage (www.NJMCdirect.com or www.NJcourts.gov ). After reviewing the case, the prosecutor can offer a lesser charge or decline to change the charge.
If a lesser charge is accepted, the matter will be reviewed by a judge for approval. If approved, the defendant does not need to go to court.
If the prosecutor declines to offer a lesser charge, or the judge does not approve the new charge, a hearing date is scheduled for the defendant to appear remotely.
Click here for official New Jersey Courts press release.
Question about your ticket?
Please wait for 3 to 5 business days from receiving your ticket before calling, to permit adequate time for processing.
Payments are due by the date at the bottom of the Summons. Please read the back of your summons - the date on the bottom of your ticket is not necessary for your court date. If you are not sure, please contact the Court. If you would like a receipt for your payment, you must send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
You can pay your ticket online through our NJMCDirect portal.
Court is held in the first floor in Courtroom #106.
Please do not question the Court about points - they are not assessed by the Court, they are assessed by the State of New Jersey. Please view the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission website’s New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Point Schedule, or contact Motor Vehicle Services directly.
Municipal Court Schedule
|1st and 3rd Tuesdays||5pm||Traffic|
|2nd and 4th Tuesdays||10am||First Appearance Date|
|1st and 3rd Thursdays||9am||Criminal/Driving While Intoxicated|
Note: For Special Sessions which are scheduled periodically, please call the Court Administrator’s Office at 201-592-3500 x1509.
Online Municipal Case Resolution
NJMCdirect.com has been enhanced to include access to the new Online Municipal Case Resolution System. Click here to visit the site.
To dispute a case, new users will be required to create a User ID and password in order to register and log into the Online Municipal Case Resolution system.
- What is the Municipal Court?
- What are my rights as a defendant in the Municipal Court?
- Do I need to appear in court if I choose to plead guilty and pay the fine?
- If I can plead guilty without going to court, how much will I have to pay?
- How many points is my ticket?
- What should I expect when I go to court?
- What is a plea agreement?
- What happens if I plead guilty in court?
- What if I plead not guilty?
- Can I use the Internet to find more information or to plead guilty and pay a fine?
- If I am found guilty, what happens after court?
- How can I appeal a decision of the court?
- What happens when the court's orders are not obeyed?
- What is mediation?