Municipal Court

The Joint Municipal Court of Andover Township, Byram Township, Hampton Township, Fredon Township, Andover Borough, Hopatcong Borough, and Stanhope Borough


Andover Township Municipal Building
134 Newton Sparta Road, Newton, NJ 07860


Business Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Court Sessions

Wednesdays at 9:00 AM

Dates and times are subject to change. Please call Court to confirm your court date.

Please advise the municipal court office in advance if you require an ADA accommodation.

Court Administrator

Michael Allatta, CMCA
phone: 973-306-0688
fax: 973-383-6328

Municipal Judge : Peter Fico
Prosecutor : Anthony M. Arbore
Public Defender : John Grey, Jr
ADA Officer : Michael Allatta


During the COVID-19 pandemic, municipal courts have canceled their in-person court sessions. With the use of technology, certain cases may be able to be heard and adjudicated remotely. It is advised that you contact the court to set up a video court proceeding and provide your telephone and email address.

Mission Statement

We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this State.

Core Values

  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Quality Service


  1. If you make a payment in person, fines may be paid by cash, check, money order, or credit card.
  2. Payment by mail may be made by money order or check, PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH IN THE MAIL. *Please reference your summons or ticket number.
  3. You may also pay payable traffic tickets online at


If you need the service of an interpreter, please notify the municipal court PRIOR to your court appearance.

Expedited Expungement

If you are charged with a disorderly persons offense, petty disorderly persons offense, or a municipal ordinance violation, and those charges are either dismissed, you are acquitted, or your case is discharged without a conviction or finding of guilt, you may be eligible for an expedited expungement pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6. For more information and to determine if you are eligible, you may inquire with the municipal court at the time of disposition.


Mediation is a confidential, structured, non-adversarial process that allows a neutral third party to assist disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable solution. The mediation process can be a less expense, informal, and more meaningful alternative than the traditional trial process. This is because of the efforts of trained volunteers and resolution being decided by the participants. The court will refer appropriate cases to mediation.

Important Links

Official Website of the New Jersey Judiciary | NJ Courts
Under this link you can find General Information, and the Opening Statement Video link. You may also find useful information under the Self-help Center.

Welcome to New Jersey Courts (English)
Welcome to New Jersey Courts (Spanish)

Opening Statement
link to video
Link to New Jersey DMV point schedule.
Link to pay a ticket on line.

Your Day In Court (English)
Your Day In Court (Spanish)

How to File an Appeal (English)
How to File an Appeal (Spanish)

How to Expunge Your Criminal Record


Looking for Municipal Court Records?
Records Request Form (PDF)

Citizen Complaint Information and Form

Public Defender

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