Due to the massive outbreak of COVID-19, many NJ Municipal Courts have started their judicial works at home. The Chief Justice Stuart Rabner is holding the court sessions by video or phone. However, in-person attendance in municipal courts had been ceased in mid-March so that courts could abide by the social distancing guidelines.
In order to slow down the spread of Coronavirus, court workers have decided to work remotely. However, the New Jersey Courts take into consideration the reopening of court services on 22nd June, Monday. Keep in mind the derogatory condition, a small number of court staff and judges are working on-site every day. The rest are adhered to continue work from home to ensure the safety of everyone.
A follow-up order has been issued on April 24th which allowed the NJ court to proceed with the compliance to all parties. Moreover, with all NJ court sessions resuming on May 11 “to the range possible, based on innumerable technologies, advantages, and other resources.”
Such court resuming order is applicable for all case types. The Chief Justice Rabner stated that “NJ Municipal courts are significant enough to our state’s equity system”. He again said that “This is the important and another step in amplifying virtual proceedings to allow court businesses to go on safely.”
However, the New Jersey judiciary system handles a maximum of six million cases a year through the state’s 515 municipal courts. Therefore, NJ courts face severe public interaction for years.
Some municipal courts have been working with municipalities to help the inhabitants of NJ and to make a successful transition. Such a transition denotes the running of a virtual court process.
Well, let’s take an example! In New Jersey city, a form is available at the municipal website to complete the registration process. The court users can download the form from that website. After that, administrators provide a date for the cases and accusers receive an email. This email includes proper instructions on how to partake virtually.
The Chief Municipal Judge Carlo Abad announced happily that after the form has revealed 90 defendants have already registered.
Out of 90 cases, 15 cases had been scheduled this week to hear. Judge Abad has made a training video regarding remote judicial works to teach other judges how to perform their work through Microsoft and Zoom.
Therefore, people can now use www.njmcdirect.com to pay online violation charges. It has been effectively started from May 11, Monday. Avail of this advanced technology as it is the most effortless way of paying fines. By going through this online portal, you can pay all the fines in a jiffy.