Municipal Court and Violations Bureau

Municipal Court Judge:
Hon. Steven Backfisch

Court Administrator:
Sylvia Becerra-Murray

Michael Nestor
Daniel Antonelli

Public Defender:
James Pomaco

Court Office and Violations Bureau:
Location: 21 Clinton Road (Police Department building)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. 
Telephone:  973-226-3373

For the following:
  • Motor vehicle fine payment
  • Local ordinance fine payment
  • Filing of complaints and for all other court-related business.

NOTE: Payment for certain violations can be made via the Internet (Visa & Mastercard only) here

**The West Caldwell Court ID is 0721.

Municipal Court: 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell (Municipal Building)

There are three court sessions per month, one during the daytime and two in the evening.
Please contact the court office at 973-226-3373 for more information.

*COVID-19 - No In Person Municipal Court Sessions Effective April 27th 2020

In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus, the Administrative Office of the Courts has suspended all In Person Municipal Court matters. All Municipal Court proceedings will be conducted remotely by video or phone. Please contact the Municipal Court office immediately to provide the court with your phone number and email address.

General Information:

Municipal Court sessions are open to the public.
Please call 973-226-3373 to confirm session date and time.

The jurisdiction of the West Caldwell Municipal Court is limited to offenses occurring within the Township of West Caldwell, including motor vehicle violations, municipal ordinance violations, criminal offenses, violations of probation, probable cause hearings, certain arraignments, applications for temporary restraining orders related to domestic violence offenses and conducts preliminary hearings. The Court sets bail for traffic and non-traffic cases and issues failure to appear notices and bench warrants as required. The Municipal Court does not have jurisdiction over civil matters or jurisdiction over cases involving juveniles.

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