Sparta / Hamburg / Ogdensburg - Municipal Court
The Municipal Court has original jurisdiction over all motor vehicle matters, disorderly person complaints, fish and game violations, weights and measure complaints as well as local ordinance violations. Domestic violence matters and restraining orders often are initiated in the Municipal Court, where the Judge is on call 24 hours a day.
Many motor vehicle violations, unless serious, can be paid directly through the Municipal Court Violations Bureau at Town Hall located at 65 Main Street (the only forms of payment accepted in-person at our office are cash, personal checks or money orders) or online at NJMCDirect, the New Jersey Municipal Courts website.
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 American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation. The ADA Administrator is Bonnie Messina, who can be reached by email.
New Jersey Courts 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.
New Jersey Courts Core Values
Required to accomplish our mission are four paramount values representing the core of what we stand for as an organization:
- Quality Service
If you are charged with a disorderly person offense, petty disorderly person offense, or a municipal ordinance violation, 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 NJ.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.
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.
- Municipal Court Judge Sparta/Hamburg: Paris P. Eliades
- Municipal Court Judge Ogdensburg: Glenn T. Gavan
- Municipal Prosecutor All Courts: Jonathan McMeen, Esq.
- Public Defender All Courts: John Grey, Esq.