Contact Information

Phone Number:  (908) 879-3660  Ext. 2126
Fax Number: (908) 879-0122
E-Mail:  court@ChesterBorough.org

Court Administrator: Mary Kourtz

Judge: Brian Levine
Prosecutor: James LaSala
Public Defender: Brian Glicos

Court Documents


The Municipal Court is a shared court between Chester Borough and the Borough of Mendham. It is located at 50 North Road, Chester, NJ 07930.

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.

Required to accomplish our mission are four paramount values representing the core of what we stand for as an organization:

  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Quality Service

Office Hours

Tuesday 12 PM - 2 PM, Thursday 12 PM - 2 PM

In addition to the hours above, the violations bureau opens at 2 p.m. on days when the court is in session. Office hours effective 5/30/2019.


The Municipal Court accepts the following forms of payment: Cash, Personal Check, Money Order – NO Credit or Debit cards.

Send adjournment requests, attorney letters, etc. via email to court@chesterborough.org

Payments through the mail should be made in the form of check or money order. DO NOT MAIL CASH. Please print your complaint and summons number on the front of your check or money order. If you wish a receipt, please forward a stamped self-addressed envelope along with your payment. A lockbox is located at the front door of the municipal building so payments may be made at any time after hours.  Also, a lockbox is located inside the building next to the violations bureau window.

Pay Your Ticket


Upcoming Court Sessions

The Court is in Session on First and Third Wednesdays of the month at 6:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.

Jun
26
Wed
Municipal Court @ Chester Municipal Court
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Municipal Court @ Chester Municipal Court | Chester | New Jersey | United States

The Chester Borough/Mendham Borough Shared Municipal Court is in session on the First and Third Wednesdays of the month starting at 6 p.m. unless indicated otherwise.

For violation bureau hours and additional court information, please visit: chesterborough.org/departments/municipal-court/

Jul
4
Thu
Holiday: Municipal Offices Closed
Jul 4 all-day
Holiday: Municipal Offices Closed

Municipal offices will be closed for the holiday.

Jul
10
Wed
Municipal Court @ Chester Municipal Court
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Municipal Court @ Chester Municipal Court | Chester | New Jersey | United States

The Chester Borough/Mendham Borough Shared Municipal Court is in session on the First and Third Wednesdays of the month starting at 6 p.m. unless indicated otherwise.

For violation bureau hours and additional court information, please visit: chesterborough.org/departments/municipal-court/

Jul
17
Wed
Municipal Court @ Chester Municipal Court
Jul 17 @ 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Municipal Court @ Chester Municipal Court | Chester | New Jersey | United States

The Chester Borough/Mendham Borough Shared Municipal Court is in session on the First and Third Wednesdays of the month starting at 6 p.m. unless indicated otherwise.

For violation bureau hours and additional court information, please visit: chesterborough.org/departments/municipal-court/

Interpreter

If you need the service of an interpreter, please notify the municipal court administrator prior to your court appearance.

Please advise the municipal court office in advance if you require an ADA accommodation.

Mediation

Mediation is a confidential, structured, non-adversarial process that allows a neutral third party to assist disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable solution. The mediation process can be a less expensive, informal, and more meaningful alternative than the traditional trial process. This is because of the efforts of trained volunteers and the resolution being decided by the participants. The court will refer appropriate cases to mediation.

Expedited Expungement

If you are charged with a disorderly persons offense, petty disorderly persons offense, or a municipal ordinance violations, and those charges are either dismissed, you are acquitted, or your case is discharged without a conviction or finding of guilt, you may be eligible for an expedited expungement pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6. For more information and to determine if you are eligible, you may inquire with the municipal court at the time of disposition.

Local Violations Bureau Schedule

ORDINANCE OFFENSE PENALTY
175-9 No parking fire zones $54.00
175-12 Vehicle to operate in traffic lanes only $85.00
175-13 No stopping or standing $54.00
175-14 Parking in marked lines only $54.00
175-15 Stop Intersections $85.00
175-16 One-way traffic lanes $85.00
175-17 Failure to keep right $85.00
175-18 Prohibited turns $85.00
175-19 Speed limits in shopping centers
1-9 MPH
10-14 MPH
15-19 MPH
20-24 MPH
$85.00
$95.00
$105.00
$200.00
175-25 Careless driving $85.00
225-3.B Emergency-no parking $54.00
225-3.C No Parking $54.00
225-3.D No Parking $54.00
225-3.F Time-limited parking $54.00
225-3.G No stopping or standing $54.00

Notes:

  • All motor vehicle accidents resulting in personal injury and handicap parking violations are MANDATORY COURT APPEARANCES.
  • If the offense that you have been charged with occurred in either a 65 mph zone or a construction zone, please contact the Municipal Court to determine the amount of the fine.
  • POINTS ARE ASSESSED ON MOVING VIOLATIONS BY THE NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES NOT THE MUNICIPAL COURT.
  • Please make sure we have your current proper mailing address. If we try to contact you with information on your case and your address is wrong, it may result in a failure to appear notice and warrant being issued for your arrest.
  • CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS – Criminal complaints must be filed in person with the Court Administrator. An affidavit surrounding the incident for which the complaint is requested will need to be completed to determine if there is probable cause for the issuance of the complaint. The Municipal Court is not allowed to do lookups or give you any information about the person you are filing the complaint against or advise you on the statutes you wish to sign against the other person.  If you are unsure about what you want to charge the other person with, we suggest you contact an attorney before coming to the court.
  • Please be advised that no adjournments will be granted the day of court.  If you have an emergency, contact the court the following morning.  Proof of the emergency will be REQUIRED.
  • OTHER QUESTIONS – For additional information, please contact the court at the above address or telephone number.

Helpful Links

New Jersey Courts
njcourts.gov
MVC Points schedule, restoration, and other MVC issues
state.nj.us/mvc/license/suspension
Judiciary Opening Statement Video
njcourts.gov/courts/mcs.html
Ticket Payment
njmcdirect.com