The Teaneck Township Municipal Court is completely automated, utilizing the Statewide Automated Traffic (ATS), and the Automated Criminal System (ACS). The Police Department is online with the ATS/ACS computer system and can access the system 23 and 1/2 hours a day for general inquiries and to verify warrants.
New Jersey Police departments, including the Teaneck Police Department, can access valuable information by utilizing this computer to view the records of the Teaneck Court as well as all other Municipal courts throughout the State of New Jersey. The ATS/ACS system is connected with the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles for prompt reporting of court dispositions, and suspensions of driver's licenses of Defendants who fail to pay their court fines or satisfy a traffic ticket or a criminal disorderly persons offense. New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicle also reports to the Courts through the ATS system, and other Division of Motor Vehicle agencies through-out the United States, supplying information on the owners of vehicles who have committed parking violations or are in contempt of court on any traffic or criminal matter.
The Court processed 1,257 criminal complaints and approximately 30,000 traffic during 2001. In addition, the Teaneck Municipal Court collected a total of $1,307,119.40 in fines and costs compared to $1,091,052.59 in 2000. A total of $769,700.50 was remitted to the Treasurer of the Township of Teaneck, in 2001 where $637,488.67 was remitted to the Township in 2000, and $288 for the POAA fund in 2000 compared to $9,252 in 2001. The remaining balance of $528,166.90 was remitted to other agencies, primarily the State Director of Motor Vehicles and the County of Bergen in 2001, where $451,275.92 was remitted the previous year.
Traffic and Criminal court sessions are currently held three times a week plus a Special session for DWI cases, utilizing the Council Chambers. There is limited seating in the Council Chambers, far too little to accommodate the seating needed for each court session. Discussions are ongoing to develop plans for a new complex which would house new court offices and a courtroom.