During the COVID-19 pandemic, municipal courts have canceled their in-person court sessions. With the use of technology, certain cases may be able to be heard and adjudicated remotely. It is advised that you contact the court to set up a video court proceeding and provide your telephone and email address.
If you are scheduled for an upcoming court session for Hanover / East Hanover Municipal Court, please be advised that paperwork has been mailed out to you, please review and mail back prior to the court date. If you have an attorney please reach out to him/her as the paperwork has been forwarded to the attorney. If you did not receive any paperwork or have any questions, please call the Municipal Court 973-428-2519.
Please do not appear here as the Municipal Building is closed to the public. A stated above, please call the office with any questions during business hours Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Future updates will be posted here.
The Hanover Municipal Court shares services with the Township of East Hanover Municipal Court.
We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this State.
- Quality Service
Application for the Public Defender
Applications for the Public Defender are available at the Violations Bureau or you will find it under Forms: Financial Questionnaire. If the potential penalty of the charge represents serious consequence, such as Jail time, loss of license or a potential fine of $800 or more you may want to be represented by an Attorney or the Public Defender. If you wish to apply for the Public Defender, complete the application in its entirety and bring to court. The Judge will review your request. If the judge approves the Public Defender to represent you, you may be required to pay a fee of not more than $200 mandated by the State.
- If you make a payment in person, fines may be paid in cash, money order or check. Hanover Municipal Court accepts credit cards at the window.
- Payment by mail may be made by money order or check, please do not send cash in the mail.
- You may also pay payable traffic tickets online.
Hanover’s Court Code in 1412
East Hanover’s Court Code is 1410
The ADA Coordinator is Aimee Jones, DCA.
Please advise the municipal court office in advance if you require an ADA accommodation.
If you need the service of an interpreter, please notify the municipal court prior to your court appearance.
If you are charged with a disorderly persons offense, petty disorderly persons offense, or a municipal ordinance violation, and those charges are either dismissed, you are acquitted, or your case is discharged without a conviction or finding of guilt, you may be eligible for an expedited expungement pursuant to NJ.S.A. 2C:52-6. For more information and to determine if you are eligible, you may inquire with the municipal court at the time of disposition.
Mediation is a confidential, structured, non-adversarial process that allows a neutral third party to assist disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable solution. The mediation process can be a less expense, informal, and more meaningful alternative than the traditional trial process. This is because of the efforts of trained volunteers and resolution being decided by the participants. The court will refer appropriate cases to mediation.