Court is ‘Zooming’ back into session Bayonne, despite the current COVID-19 restrictions still in place. And while Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted some closures, in-person court appearances has not yet made the list of reinstated services.
To help keep foot traffic at the courthouse at a minimum during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bayonne Court will begin allowing appearances in a virtual court session using Zoom video conferencing.
At the start of the pandemic, many courthouses closed to prevent the further spread of the virus, including Bayonne. Now the city is reopening municipal court via Zoom, following moves by Jersey City and Union City doing the same.
Trials cannot be Zoomed
Those choosing to appear in the virtual court session will not have to appear at the courthouse. This option is voluntary and will be available for most court matters. However, trials must be conducted at the municipal courthouse.
Residents interested in appearing in the virtual court must submit the necessary form. The municipal court will schedule the matter in the virtual court, and will send an email confirmation with instructions on how to participate.
The court advised attorneys that they may use this form to request a virtual court date for their clients as well as enter their appearances upon receipt of office information and client information.
Since May 11, defendants can make payments for Municipal Complaint Time Payment Orders, in addition to parking and traffic matters, through the municipal court’s online payment website at NJMCdirect.com.
Payments will also continue to be accepted at the court by mail. The court payment window is temporarily closed to the public due to the Pandemic.
To contact the Bayonne Municipal Court office by telephone, please call 201-858-6934 or 201-858-6918 for non-traffic matters. Residents can also contact the court office via email at email@example.com for questions concerning virtual court.
For updated information, residents are advised to visit the New Jersey Judiciary’s website at www.njcourts.gov. “We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this difficult time,” according to a statement by the City of Bayonne.
Other municipalities across Hudson County are also opening their courts again online, through Zoom video conferences. Union City and Jersey City officials recently announced that DUI cases, code enforcement, traffic, parking, and minor criminal offenses can begin being heard on Zoom.
For more information on Union City Municipal Court, visit ucnj.com or call (201) 348-5763.
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