Jersey City Municipal Court to reconvene virtually via Zoom next week

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The Jersey City Municipal Court will reconvene virtually via Zoom next week to hear matters related to traffic/parking violations, driving under the influence, code enforcement, and minor criminal offenses.

Photo via cityofjerseycity.com.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“This is the latest example of the city’s commitment to continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, as we are rolling out a program unlike anything this city has ever seen,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.

“It is encouraging to see the collaborative efforts, dedication, and resilience of city staff willing to adapt and learn new ways to assist the public.”

Zoom video conferencing will allow multiple users simultaneously, as well as a virtual waiting room to ensure efficiency for people on deck for their scheduled court times. Zoom sessions will begin on May 11th.

“A lot of residents depend on the municipal court to enhance the quality of life and public safety in Jersey City,” added Chief Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut.

“With virtual court, we will keep court operations up and running without creating a backlog of cases, and our municipal prosecutors can keep solving residents’ problems.”

This virtual option is voluntary and available for most court matters.  Anyone who has a case and is interested in appearing in the virtual court can visit the city’s website and complete the form to register.

“The creation of the Jersey City Virtual Court has allowed us to provide continued access to our court system, while at the same time prioritizing the health and safety of the public and our staff, all of which has been made possible through a collaborative team effort between city and state offices,” noted Chief Municipal Court Judge Carlo Abad.

Trials must be conducted at the municipal courthouse and the municipal court will schedule each matter in the virtual court. All defendants will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to participate.

Attorneys can also use the form to request a virtual court date as well as enter an appearance by using this link.

“The Jersey City Municipal Court is committed to providing quality service, and I foresee many benefits for long-term use of this technology for the courts, attorneys, and defendants during this current crisis and beyond,” stated Municipal Court Director Wendy Razzoli.

“Virtual Court will accommodate various scheduling matters, in addition to cases whereby participants present health complications and/or travel limitations.”