Last updated: October 9, 2013
Hackensack -- It's a bus, train, or ferry ride away from Manhattan, but without all the noise and pollution. Bergen County is the most populous in the state of New Jersey with over 900,000 residents living in over 60 boroughs and towns, including the county seat of Hackensack. It's part of the larger New York Metropolitan area including other nearby counties such as Passaic.
If you have a court case and live in Hackensack, you know there are a myriad of courthouses servicing the area. If you have a civil, criminal, probate or family law matter, it’s likely in the New Jersey Superior Court.
Here we've highlighted the key New Jersey Superior Court systems you'll most likely encounter in Hackensack, as well as the rest of Bergen and Passaic Counties. Court branches included below are Civil, Criminal, General Equity and Probate, Family, Probation, and Municipal.
Parking: A parking structure is located at The Record News Lot 150 River Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601. Shuttle Service runs from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Friday. Also consider public transportation.
Note: The Bergen County Law Library is located on the First Floor of the courthouse.
Civil Division (Civil, Special Civil)
Civil Division Main Office
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).
Criminal Division Main Office
General Equity and Probate Division
Civil Division Main Office
Note: The Chancery Division-General Equity courts hear cases that seek “equitable relief,” rather than money compensation. Equitable relief usually involves the court compelling or restricting actions of one of the parties (such as labor injunctions, foreclosures, dissolution of a corporation or partnership, execution of wills and distribution of estates).
The Probate courts hear cases involving the following matters: execution of wills, distribution of estates, guardianship proceedings involving protection of infants or persons with mental incompetence, completion of gifts according to the donor’s intent.
(201) 527-2358: Adult and Juvenile Supervision Unit
(877) 655-4371: Child Support Enforcement Unit
Bergen County Justice Center
Municipal Division Main Office
10 Main Street, Suite 309
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
Parking: You are strongly advised to take public transportation to any of the Municipal Court locations. Contact NJ TRANSIT at (973) 275-5555.
Note: There are 70 Municipal courts that handle 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.
Parking: Click here [PDF] for detailed parking information.
Note: The Passaic Law Library is located on the 2nd Floor.
Note: The Family Court has jurisdiction over matters involving child support, child custody, visitation, divorce proceedings, juvenile delinquency, domestic violence, family crisis intervention, child placement, child abuse, and neglect.
Passaic Vicinage Municipal Division
77 Hamilton Street, 6th Floor
Paterson, NJ 07505
Note: There are 16 different Municipal Courts serving Passaic County. Click here for a list of addresses and phone numbers. Note: These courts handle 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