During the COVID-19 pandemic, municipal courts have cancelled their in person court sessions. With the use of technology, certain cases may be able to be heard and adjudicated remotely. It is advised that you contact the court to set up a video court proceeding and provide your telephone and email address



EXTENSIONS   1185 OR 1140








Contact Us:

Philip Maenza, Chief Judge

Gerard Smith, Judge

Sonia Barria, C.M.C.A Court Administrator/ADA Compliance Officer

Email: sbarria@dover.nj.us


Lisa Thompson



Gerald J. Kelly

Public Defender



37 N. Sussex Street

Dover, New Jersey 07801


Phone #s:

973 366 2200 ext. 1136, 1137



Monday – Friday

8:30am – 4:30pm


Court Sessions:

Monday 9:00 AM 


Forms of payment accepted:

Cash, check, money order & credit


Pay on line: www.njmcdirect.com




     Please notify the court of any disability accommodation needs. 

If you need the services of an interpreter, please notify the Municipal Court Administrator prior to your court appearance.






Mission Statement

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 are four paramount values representing the core of what we stand for as an organization:

  •      Independence
  •      Integrity
  •      Fairness
  •      Quality Service

History of the Court

On February 1, 2009 the Dover Court entered into a shared services agreement with adjoining towns creating a Joint Municipal Court. If you received traffic, parking, or any form of criminal complaint between the time periods below, you case will be heard in the Dover Municipal Court.

Mine Hill from February 1, 2009 thru December 31, 2017.

Mt. Arlington Rockaway Borough, Wharton Borough, from February 1, 2009 thru December 31, 2018

After December 31, 2017 for Mine Hill and December 31, 2018 for Mt. Arlington, Rockaway Borough, and Wharton Borough your case will be heard at the respective municipal court location. They will NOT be heard at the Dover Municipal Court.

Pay your Traffic Tickets Online (click here)

Many parking and traffic summonses may be paid at njmcdirect.com, a payment site maintained by the New Jersey municipal Courts. If you have a Visa or Master Card credit/debit card, use this fast, secure and convenient way to take care of your traffic tickets online. A processing fee, based on the penalty amount of the ticket, will be added to the transaction. Note: Only tickets that are issued for a payable violation which do not require a court appearance and traffic cases that have been disposed in court with a time payment can be paid through njmcdirect.com.


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 expense, 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.  

Records Request

Please note, the Municipal Courts are not bound by the OPRA requests that are sent to Municipal Clerks. Kindly complete this fillable form by typing in the information and send to the court. Please also note on the form if you would like a certified disposition or not.

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.

Forms and helpful Links

Your day in court

Your day in court  (spanish)

Welcome to NJ courts

Welcome to NJ courts (spanish)

How to file an appeal

How to file an appeal (spanish)

How to file an expungement

NJ MVC points schedule

Opening statement in english and other languages




Informing Court Users that “The Work of the Courts Continues” – Animated Video


Thanks to your efforts, the New Jersey courts have continued to get things done during the COVID-19 pandemic, relying on telephone and video technology to work remotely rather than in the courthouse.


We need to make sure that New Jerseyans in need of court services are aware that we are available to provide those services.  We therefore created a two-minute whiteboard animation video that communicates a clear message that is especially important during this ongoing crisis: The New Jersey courts continue to work and to provide services to the public even though the courthouses are closed.


You can watch the video, “The Work of the Courts Continues,” on YouTube.  This video is part of our coordinated outreach to consumers of court services.  In addition to sharing the video internally and posting it on our Internet webpage, we will be distributing it to community partners to share with their clients.  You should feel free to share the video with individuals or groups in your community who may be in need of legal services. 


Our court system exists to serve the public.  We can fulfill that mission only if those who need our services know that the courts are ready to provide those services, even while the doors of the courthouse are closed.    


Thank you for doing your part to keep our courts functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please stay safe.