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.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œThis is the latest example of the cityâ€™s commitment to continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, as we are rolling out a program unlike anything this city has ever seen,â€ Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.
â€œIt is encouraging to see theÂ collaborative efforts, dedication, andÂ resilience of city staff willing to adapt and learn new ways toÂ assist the public.â€
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,â€ added Chief Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut.
“With virtualÂ court,Â we will keepÂ courtÂ 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.Â Â Anyone who has a case and is interested in appearing in the virtual court can visit the cityâ€™s websiteÂ andÂ
“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.
“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,â€ stated Municipal Court Director Wendy Razzoli.
â€œVirtual Court will accommodate various scheduling matters, in addition to cases whereby participants present health complications and/or travel limitations.”