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Court Overview

The Court of the Palisades Interstate Park is responsible for any violations (criminal, motor vehicle or otherwise) issued within the New Jersey jurisdiction of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.

Court is in session, each Monday at 5:30 PM, Tuesdays at 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM and Thursdays at 5:30 PM. Court is located in the NJ Headquarters on Alpine Approach Road in Alpine NJ. If you have a violation of any type and wish to speak with the court, they may be contacted at:

NJ Court Offices – 201-768-8702
NJ Court Fax – 201-767-2165
NJ Court E-Mail – Courts@PIPPD.org

NOTE: Court session commences promptly, it’s essential you appear as scheduled. If you are unable to make your scheduled court date on time, it is important that you contact the court ahead of time.

Conduct

Visitors of the court must adhere to the following:

Prior to entering the courtroom, please turn off or silence your cell phone

When you get to court, check in with court staff.

Listen to instructions from court staff and from the judge. The proceedings are sound recorded, so please remain quiet until it is your time to speak.

The judge will give an opening statement explaining court procedures, defendants’ rights, and penalties.

Cases are usually called in the following order:

  • Requests for postponements
  • Uncontested motions
  • First arraignments
  • Guilty pleas
  • Contested motions
  • Pleas of not guilty with an attorney
  • Pleas of not guilty without an attorney

A case may be postponed to give you time to obtain representation by a private attorney or by a public defender if you qualify and prepare your defense. If you need a postponement, ask the court staff for assistance.

Any violations of the above-listed items will be cause for being removed and issued another court date.

Court Cancellations

No adjournments are granted within seven (7) days of your court date without a verifiable emergency. This would include, but not be limited to Hospitalizations, emergency doctor appointments, accidents, dependent care, deaths.

On rare occasions, court sessions may need to be canceled for a declared State of Emergency, inclement weather, or other emergencies that are not holidays. Hospitalizations, emergency doctor appointments, accidents, dependent care, deaths. Please note that for inclement weather closures, For inclement weather closures, please call our office or go to https://njcourts.gov/courts/closings.html. In those circumstances, court staff will make every reasonable effort to contact those on the court schedule regarding the cancellation. If you are unsure about a potential cancellation, please do not assume that court is canceled and contact the number above.

Prosecutor

Also known as a “DA” or “District Attorney” in New York, the Prosecutor is responsible for the prosecution of cases on behalf of “The State”. Persons wishing to speak with the Prosecutor may do so after acknowledging their attendance with the Judge by quietly exiting the courtroom and standing on line adjacent to the water fountain. Attorneys are seen first and non-attorney representation is a first-come, first-serve basis.

Parking

Parking for court is located on Alpine Approach Road. Vehicles may be parked on the southbound shoulder of Alpine Approach Road across from the parking lot and both shoulders once passed the main entrance. Vehicles must be parked as not to block the travel portion of the roadway.

Court parking is not permissible in any areas between the headquarters building and Alpine Approach Road. Visitors are urged to watch for signage which will indicate authorized and non-authorized parking areas.

Handicapped parking is located directly in front of the building adjacent to the traffic circle/flag pole area.

Payment Options

The court currently accepts checks, money orders and cash as payment. Optionally, for matters that DO NOT require a court appearance, you may pay online at NJMCDirect.com.