Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Kelleher, Jr. — Presiding Judge
Lipinski, Court Administrator
908-725-6375 — Fax
The Municipal Court deals
with every aspect of a moving violation, parking
violation or any petty disorderly person or
disorderly person criminal complaint.
Bridgewater Court is in session the 1st
and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. and 10
a.m.; every Wednesday at 8:30 am and 10 a.m.
Somerville sessions are held on alternate
Thursdays at 8:30 am.
What I should expect when I
go to court?
When you get to
court, check the bulletin board for your
name on the court list and have a seat in
the courtroom. Should your name not appear
on the list go to the Violations Bureau
Prior to entering the courtroom, please turn off your cell phones. Cell phones are strictly prohibited in the courtroom.
are sound recorded, so please remain quiet
until it is your time to address the court.
The judge will
give an opening statement explaining court
procedures, defendants' rights and
Cases are called
in the following order:
Pleas of not
guilty with an attorney
Pleas of not
guilty without an attorney
appearance or guilty pleas
A case may be
postponed to give you time to obtain
representation by a private attorney or by
the public defender (if you qualify) and
prepare your defense.
If your case involves a dispute between you and another individual, you may be required to participate in a discussion with a mediator in an attempt to resolve your dispute without going in front of the judge.
Information on Traffic Summonses
If you plan to plead not guilty to a traffic
summons you must notify the Court of your
intention prior to the date at the bottom of the
ticket. You will be re-set for court at
which time you will be given the opportunity to
speak with the prosecutor before going to trial.
If you fail to notify the Court, it may be
necessary for you to make two court appearances.
Only summonses with a checked court appearance
will be listed on the court agenda.
If payment is made by mail, do not send cash.
Please send a check or money order payable to
the municipal court named in the upper right
hand corner of your ticket and mail to: 100
Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.
A payment can also be made at
www.njmcdirect.com. Payment is
due on or before the date listed on the bottom
of the summons. If payment is received
after that day, a late fee may be assessed.
If you would like a receipt, please send a
stamped, self-addressed envelope. If your
license is suspended as a result of this ticket,
the receipt must be taken to Motor Vehicle
Commission for reinstatement.
Office hours for payments in person are Monday,
Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. On court
days the payment window opens at 9 a.m.
The payment window
closes at 4 p.m. however, we can only accept
credit card payments until 3:30 p.m.
If you fail to
appear in response to a summons or to pay the
prescribed penalty, additional penalties may
result. A warrant may be issued for your arrest
and your driving privileges in New Jersey may be
If you have any
questions regarding the Municipal Court, you may
contact the Court Administrator by phone at
908-725-6375 or by e-mail at