Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common court-related questions.

What are my rights in court?

  1. You have the RIGHT TO BE INFORMED OF THE CHARGES against you.
  2. You have the RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT concerning the charges against you and anything you say may be held against you.
  3. You may plead GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY to certain non-indictable charges against you; such as, traffic offenses, disorderly persons offenses and ordinances.
    1. If you are charged with an INDICTABLE offense, the Judge cannot ask for your plea because you have the right to a probable cause hearing before the Judge and a trial by jury at the County level if the Grand Jury indicts you.
    2. There are, however, certain INDICTABLE offenses that may be tried by the Judge if you waive indictment and trial by jury in writing and the County Prosecutor consents. You have the right to be informed if you have been charged with such an offense.
    1. You are charged with an indictable offense and the State Public Defender determines that you cannot afford an attorney or
    2. You are charged with a non-indictable offense and the Judge determines you cannot afford an attorney and there is a likelihood that if you are convicted, you will either go to jail, receive a substantial fine or your driver's license will be suspended.
  6. You have the right to obtain a REASONABLE POSTPONEMENT so that you may have an opportunity to consult with your attorney and prepare a proper defense.
  7. You are PRESUMED TO BE INNOCENT until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
  8. You have the RIGHT TO TESTIFY OR NOT TO TESTIFY on your behalf.
  9. You have the RIGHT TO CALL OR SUBPOENA witnesses to testify on your behalf.

What are the fines for payable offenses?

The Statewide and Local Violations Schedule is posted for public viewing during regular office hours at the Municipal Court of Morristown, 200 South Street, Morristown, NJ. This schedule lists all payable offenses. You may access the State Violation Bureau Schedule at (under Courts, then under Municipal)

The more frequently charged offenses are listed on the back of your Traffic Ticket; there are many other payable violations that are listed on the Statewide and Local Schedule. Listed below are just some of the Town of Morristown Local Violations that are payable through the Violation Bureau.  You can call the Court at 973-292-6687 to determine the amount due. If the Violation Bureau is authorized to dispose of the charge without a court appearance payment in the form of money order or check should be mailed to P.O. Box 150, Morristown, NJ  07963-0150 and made payable to Municipal Court of Morristown.  Payment, in person, can be made through the Violation Bureau in the form of cash, money order, check or credit card (AMEX, MC & VISA).  Payable traffic or parking tickets may be paid for on-line.

Where can I find directions to court?

The Morristown Municipal Court is located within Morristown Town Hall.  A map and written directions can be found on our contact page.