New Jersey Municipal Court Closes Due to Coronavirus


New Jersey Municipal Court Closures Due to Coronavirus

Across the country, states have seen various changes due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. This has caused a great deal of uncertainty for many people. In many states, these changes include certain court closures. The state of New Jersey decided to do the same, which is resulting in the closure of municipal courts. While most people may not believe this will impact them, it is important to be aware of, as certain traffic violations can sometimes require a court appearance. If you are due in court for a traffic violation, these closures can change how your case will proceed. 

New Jersey municipal courts began their two-week suspension on Monday, March 16. This was announced by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in response to the fast spreading Coronavirus. As of now, the suspension is due to end on March 27. As a result of these closures, all individuals who are scheduled to appear in municipal court within this two week time period should not appear in court and wait for notice of a new court date. 

While this is true, it is crucial for all people in New Jersey to be aware that, despite court closures, law enforcement throughout the state are still giving traffic tickets. Even though municipal courts are not taking cases, people can still receive violations for engaging in dangerous actions on the road. This can include speeding, driving under the influence, reckless driving, using a cell phone while driving, and more. 

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