Departments & Services
1 Collyer Lane
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(908) 630-5538 – Fax (908) 696-0385
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Court sessions are Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
Katherine E. Howes, Judge Municipal Court
The mission of the Municipal Court is to provide for independent, fair and impartial administration
of justice in a timely and efficient manner.
The Municipal Court operates under the rules and laws promulgated by the New Jersey Supreme Court
and the directives of the Administrative Office of the Courts. The Legislature has provided
the Municipal Court with jurisdiction generally in the following instances:
- Violations of motor vehicle and traffic laws
- Disorderly persons offenses and other non-indictable offenses, except where exclusive jurisdiction is granted
to the Superior Court
- Defined indictable offenses where indictment and jury trial are waived
- Defined indictable offenses remanded by the Somerset County Prosecutor
- Violations of municipal ordinances
- Violations of State Fish and Game laws
- Violations of Weights and Measures laws
You can pay in person, by mail or online.
- If paying in person you may pay by cash, check, money order, debit or credit card (Visa or Mastercard)
- If paying by mail checks and money orders are accepted. Send check or money order made payable to
Bernards Twp. Municipal Court, include prefix and ticket number
if traffic or complaint number if other than traffic. If you would like a receipt, please send a
self-addressed stamped envelope.
- Online visit www.njmcdirect.com. You will need
the court code 1802, prefix, ticket number and license plate
number of the vehicle you were driving when you received the ticket.
(Only traffic violations can be paid online).
Your day in court
The Municipal Court is in session on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
By order of the Assignment Judge the use or production of cell phones, cameras and other communication or recording devices
in the courtroom is prohibited. Any person who willfuly violates this order shall be held in contempt of court,
in violation of R 1:10-1. All cell phones and electronic devices must be power off.
All proceedings are sound recorded. Please remain quiet until it is your time to address the court.
At the beginning of the court session, the Judge will give an opening statement explaining court procedures, defendants' rights
A case may be postponed to allow you to retain an attorney and prepare your defense.
If you wish to continue without an attorney, the judge will ask you for your plea. If your plea is guilty,
the judge will ask you questions regarding the offense charged to make sure the facts support the guilty
plea and to determine that your plea is voluntary and will impose a sentence.
If you plea not guilty and all involved parties are present and prepared, the case will proceed to trial.
Once the judge heard the testimony, he or she will decide if you are guilty, not guilty or if the case
should be dismissed.
Acting Court Administrator