Riverdale Municipal Court


During the COVID-19 pandemic, municipal courts have cancelled 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. 

Criminal/Traffic Session Opening Statement Video English / Spanish

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.

Municipal Court is considered a court of limited jurisdiction. The Court handles motor vehicle and traffic violations, fish and game, boating infractons, disorderly persons offenses, violations of municipal ordinances, other non-indictable offenses not within exclusive control of Superior Court, penalty enforcement, complementary methods of dispute resolution, and all other proceedings in which jurisdiction is granted by statute.


The Municipal Court of Riverdale has jurisdiction over the following types of cases:

  • Motor Vehicle/Traffic & Parking Violations
  • Forest and Parks Violations
  • Disorderly Person/Petty Disorderly Persons Offense(DP/PDP Offenses)
  • Weights and Measures Violations
  • Violations of Penalty Enforcement Act
  • Violations of Municipal Ordinances
  • Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Division of Fish and Wildlife Violations
  • Any other proceedings where jurisdiction is granted by statute.

Statement of Core Values:

There are four paramount values representing the core of what we stand for as an organization and to accomplish our mission:

  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Quality Service

Forms of Payment Accepted:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Money Order
  • Visa
  • Mastercard

Online Traffic Payments: www.njmcdirect.com

Pay your Ticket Online: https://www.njcourts.gov/courts/index.html?lang=eng

Link to NJ Courts Website: www.njcourts.gov

Link to MVC (Fines, Penalties, Points): www.state.nj.us/mvc/license/suspension.htm  

Expedited Expungement:

If you are charged with a disorderly persons offense, petty disorderly persons offense, or a municipal ordinance violations, 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.


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

Americans with Disabilities Act:

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


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 the resolution being decided by the participants. The court will refer appropriate cases to mediation.  



Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Honorable John A. Paparazzo Municipal Judge (973) 835-1013
Elianna Kiesling Court Administrator (973) 835-1013
Elianna Kiesling ADA Coordinator (973) 835-1013
James LaSala Municipal Prosecutor (973) 835-1013
John Grey, Jr. Municipal Public Defender (973) 835-1013