Municipal Court

The Fair Lawn Municipal Court is responsible for the prosecution, trial and ultimate disposition of offenses committed within the territorial limits and boundaries of the Borough. These offenses include, but are not limited to, all motor vehicle and traffic laws; all violations of the New Jersey Criminal Justice Code classified as disorderly persons and petty disorderly persons offenses; all violations of Borough Ordinances and Codes. The responsibility also includes the prosecution of DWI (driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drug) offenses, and issuance of temporary restraining orders involving incidents of domestic violence.

The Court handles the processing of initial complaints, summonses, arrest warrants, search warrants, probable cause hearings, suppression of evidence motions, subpoenas, failure to appear notices, motor vehicle suspension notices, and commitments to the jail and/or county mental health facilities, discharges, bail determinations, and arraignments.

In addition, its duties also include the appointment of public defenders for indigent defendants, and determinations regarding jail or alternative sentencing options like drug and alcohol intervention programs, mental health intervention programs, violence counseling and complimentary dispute resolution (mediation).

The Violations Bureau, which is a branch of the Court, handles the collections of fines for summonses issued in Fair Lawn. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except holidays). The telephone number for the Court Office is (201) 794-5348 and the facsimile number is (201) 703-4262.

The Court is presided over by a Municipal Court Judge who is appointed to a three (3) year term by the Borough Council. The current Municipal Court Judge is Jason T. Shafron. The Municipal Courts day to day operations are managed by Clare M. Cabibbo, Certified Municipal Court Administrator.

All Municipal Court Sessions are open to the Public. The Municipal Court holds court sessions on Wednesdays.

2019 Municipal Court Schedule:

January July
January 9th 6:00 p.m. July 10th 6:00 p.m.
January 16th 6:00 p.m. July 17th 6:00 p.m.
January 23rd 6:00 p.m. July 24th 6:00 p.m.
January 30th 6:00 p.m. July 31st 6:00 p.m.
February August
February 6th 6:00 p.m. August 7th 6:00 p.m.
February 13th 6:00 p.m. August 14th 6:00 p.m.
February 20th CANCELED August 21st 6:00 p.m.
February 27th 6:00 p.m. August 28th CANCELLED
March September
March 6th 6:00 p.m. September 4th 6:00 p.m.
March 13th 6:00 p.m. September 18th 6:00 p.m.
March 20th 6:00 p.m. September 25th 6:00 p.m.
March 27th 6:00 p.m.
April October
April 3rd 6:00 p.m. October 2nd 6:00 p.m.
April 10th 6:00 p.m. October 9th CANCELLED
April 17th 6:00 p.m. October 16th 6:00 p.m.
April 24th 6:00 p.m. October 23rd 6:00 p.m.
May November
May 1st 6:00 p.m. November 6th 6:00 p.m.
May 8th 6:00 p.m. November 13th 6:00 p.m.
May 15th 6:00 p.m.
May 22nd 6:00 p.m. December
December 4th 6:00 p.m.
June December 11th 6:00 p.m.
June 5th 6:00 p.m. December 18th 6:00 p.m.
June 12th 6:00 p.m.
June 26th 6:00 p.m.


Contact Information

Name: Jason T. Shafron
Title: Municipal Court Judge
Phone: (201) 794-5348