Court ID: 0909
Mission Statement of the New Jersey Judiciary
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.
Statement of Core Values
Required to accomplish our mission and four paramount values representing the core of what we stand for as an organization:
Court Room Standards
- No weapons are permitted in the courtroom or the municipal building
- Food, drink, or gum chewing is not permitted in the courtroom
- Smoking is prohibited in all government buildings
- Cell phones must be shut off
- Outside of the courtroom, there will be a Court calendar. Please find your name and number on the calendar. Proceed to line up to go through the metal detector.
- At the beginning of the court session, the judge will give an opening statement explaining court procedure, defendant’s rights and potential penalties.
- All municipal court proceedings are recorded. Please remain quiet. The length of time you will be in court depends on many things. Some cases take longer than others so please be patient. Plan to be in court several hours. The court calendar is numbered. The cases are not called in the sequence they are listed on the calendar. As required by the New Jersey Supreme Court all attorney matters are handled first.
- Generally, parking tickets are heard first, moving violations second and criminal matters are heard last.
- It is very important that you arrive in court on the day and time stated on your ticket, summons, subpoena or court notice. IF you arrive late, or if your case is not called please notify a court officer immediately.
- If you wish to discuss a plea agreement with the Prosecutor you will have the opportunity to do so.
- If a defendant does not appear, a warrant may be issued and his or her driving privileges may be suspended.
Notice of Address Change
All parties to a particular case, whether you are a defendant, complainant or witness, must notify the court of any change, correction, or addition to your present address. All notices sent by this court are sent to the address of record. If your address is not correct or complete, you may not receive notification of your court date. Please make sure that all address changes are made with both the Motor Vehicle commission and the Municipal Court.
The Municipal Court provides facilities for the handicapped and the hearing impaired.
Filed and heard at the Municipal Court of Secaucus are all traffic violations, and town ordinance and disorderly persons offenses that occur within the town. State Police, Hudson County Sherriff’s Office, Marine Police, Office of Weights and Measures, Transit Police, Conrail Police, and The Department of Fish and Game are also issuing agencies. Serious offenses (indictable) are filed with the town and then transferred to the Hudson Country Prosecutor’s Office.
The Municipal Court is completely automated (ATS, ACS) with the State of New Jersey. The Police Department has access to information within the automated system. The ATS/ACS system is directly linked to the NJ Division of Motor Vehicles, and all records can be accessed through this system.
For more information visit the NJ Courts website.