Newark Courthouses

Last updated: September 24, 2013

Newark is the financial, commercial, and transportation nucleus of the Garden State. The city is notable for many things---racial diversity, miserably humid summers, bitterly cold winters, Port Newark (the largest shipping terminal on the East Coast),  and Newark Liberty International Airport (one of the busiest municipal airports in the country.  In our busy city, the courts are equally as active.

If you have a court case and live in the Eastern Essex County area, you know there are a myriad of courthouses servicing the Gateway Region metropolitan area.  If you have a civil, criminal,  probate or family law matter, it’s likely in the New Jersey Superior Court.

Here’s we’ve highlighted five key court systems you’ll most likely encounter: the New Jersey Superior Court including the Appellate, Civil, Criminal, Municipal, Family, General Equity, and Probation Divisions, the Tax Court of New Jersey, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the Newark Immigration Court operated by the Department of Justice.

New Jersey Superior Court

  • New Jersey Superior Court (Appellate Division)

    Leroy F. Smith, Jr. Public Safety Building, 60 Nelson Place
    Newark
    , New Jersey 07102

    Tel: (609) 292-4822

    Parking: There is a three-story public parking garage that can be accessed from South Orange Avenue and Howard Street. However, you are strongly advised to take public transportation. Contact NJ TRANSIT at (973) 275-5555.

    Note: The Appellate Division hears appeals from the Law and Chancery Divisions and final decisions of State administrative agencies. If you are requesting an appeal, call the courthouse directly or seek legal assistance. All appeals must be filed directly with the Appellate Court in Trenton, NJ, either by delivery or mail. The address is:

    Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
    5th Floor North
    25 W. Market Street
    P.O. Box 006
    Trenton, NJ 08625
    (609) 292-4822

    Part A: Hon. Douglas M. Fasciale, (973)792-5847
    Part B: Hon. Marie P. Simonelli, (973) 792-5844
    Part C: Hon. Joseph L. Yannotti, (973)792-5856
    Hon. Jonathan N. Harris, (973) 792-5853
    Hon. Margaret M. Hayden, (973)792-5875
    Part E: Hon. John C. Kennedy, (973) 792-5850
    Part F: Hon. Jerome M. St. John, (973) 792-5868
    Part G: Hon. Ariel A. Rodriguez, (973) 792-5862

  • New Jersey Superior Court (Civil Division)

    Civil Customer Service Office, Hall of Records, Room 201, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    Newark
    , NJ 07102

    Tel: (973) 693-5529

    Parking: There is a three-story public parking garage that can be accessed from South Orange Avenue and Howard Street. However, you are strongly advised to take public transportation. Contact NJ TRANSIT at (973) 275-5555.

    Civil Part: This court handles civil cases involving parties seeking money damages. Examples of cases that are filed here include auto negligence cases, medical malpractice cases, discrimination cases, products liability cases, as well as a variety of other suits in which money damages are sought. 

    Special Civil Part: This court handles landlord tenant matters, civil claims for money damages between $3,001- $15,000 including contract cases, motor vehicle accident cases, damage or loss of property cases, non-payment for work performed, and small claims (up to $3,000).

  • New Jersey Superior Court, Veterans Courthouse (Criminal Division)

    50 West Market Street
    Newark
    , NJ 07102

    Tel: (973) 693-5931/5932

    Parking: There is a three-story public parking garage that can be accessed from South Orange Avenue and Howard Street. However, you are strongly advised to take public transportation. Contact NJ TRANSIT at (973) 275-5555.

    Note: This courthouse handles most criminal matters.

  • Robert N. Wilentz Justice Complex (General Equity and Probate Division)

    212 Washington Street
    Newark
    , NJ 07102

    Tel: (973) 648-2119

    Parking: There is a three-story public parking garage that can be accessed from South Orange Avenue and Howard Street. However, you are strongly advised to take public transportation. Contact NJ TRANSIT at (973) 275-5555.

    Note: The Chancery Division-General Equity courts hear cases that seek “equitable relief,” rather than money compensation. The Probate courts hear cases involving issues such as the following: wills, distribution of estates, guardianship proceedings, and more.

  • Newark Municipal Court (Municipal Division)

    Brennan Marshall Justice Complex, 31 Green Street
    Newark
    , NJ 07102

    Tel: (973) 733-6520

    Parking: You are strongly advised to take public transportation. Contact NJ TRANSIT at (973) 275-5555

    Note: The Municipal court handles the following violations: motor vehicle, disorderly person complaints, ordinance, driving while intoxicated (DWI), parking, fish and game violations, and weights and measures. Domestic violence complaints and temporary restraining orders may also be filed in Municipal court. If you wish to file an appeal of a municipal case, click here for more information.

  • Robert N. Wilentz Justice Complex (Family Division)

    212 Washington Street
    Newark
    , NJ 07102

    Tel: (973) 693-6600

    Parking: There is a three-story public parking garage that can be accessed from South Orange Avenue and Howard Street. However, you are strongly advised to take public transportation. Contact NJ TRANSIT at (973) 275-5555.

    Children’s Unit:
    12th Floor, Room 1265A
    (973) 693-6610
    Case Types: Child Placement, Child Abuse & Neglect, Guardianship/Termination of Parental Rights, Child Placement Review, Child Welfare Mediation, Kinship Legal Guardianship

    Dissolution Unit
    1st Floor, Room 113
    (973) 693-6710
    Case Types: Divorce, Dissolution

    Domestic Violence Unit
    12th Floor, Room 1251
    (973) 693-6840
    Case Types: All domestic violence-related matters including temporary restraining orders and criminal complaints.
    Note: You may also file with the police department or municipal court in the town where the violent incident occurred.

    Juvenile Services Unit
    9th Floor, Room 915
    (973) 693-6775
    Case Types: Juvenile delinquency, Juvenile Family Crisis Intervention, Juvenile Auto Theft Prevention Program, and more.

    Non-Dissolution Unit
    1st Floor, Room 103
    (973) 693-6693
    Case Types: All matters relating to custody, parenting time, paternity, child support, spousal support, modifications of existing orders, and emancipation for unmarried parties or for married couples who have not yet filed for a divorce.
    Note: If child support, custody, or parenting time was granted in a divorce action, the motion to change custody must be filed with the Dissolution Unit of the Family Court.

    Probation Division

    Child Support Enforcement Unit
    (973) 693-6400

    Only the Child Support Enforcement Division is located here. The main Probation office pertaining to persons placed on probation, both adults and juveniles is located at 60 Evergreen Place, East Orange, New Jersey (973) 395-3020.

Tax Courts

  • Tax Court of New Jersey

    Gibraltar Building, 153 Halsey Street, 8th Floor
    Newark
    , NJ 07101

    Tel: (973) 645-4280

    Parking: Garages are located within one block of the courthouse for a fee. However, you are strongly advised to take public transportation. Contact NJ TRANSIT at (973) 275-5555.

    Note: This court hears appeals of tax decisions made by County Boards of Taxation. They also hear appeals on decisions made by the Director of the Division of Taxation on such matters as state income, sales and business taxes, and homestead rebates.

Bankruptcy and Federal Courts

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building, 50 Walnut Street
    Newark
    , NJ 07102

    Tel: (973) 645-4764

    Parking: You are strongly advised to take public transportation. Contact NJ TRANSIT at (973) 275-5555.

    Note: The court will not accept cash or personal checks for payment of any fees. Click here for more information.

    This location handles all bankruptcy proceedings for Newark residents. If you’re filing for bankruptcy, you may wish to contact the court or a legal professional.

  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building, 50 Walnut Street
    Newark
    , NJ 07102

    Tel: (973)645-3730

    Parking: You are strongly advised to take public transportation. Contact NJ TRANSIT at (973) 275-5555.

    Room 4015

    Note: This court handles all federal cases.