Supreme Court Dismisses Thousands of Old Cases and License Suspensions

Find Out If Your Case Was Dismissed

Q. Was my case dismissed?

Your case might be dismissed if:
Your case is open, you failed to appear in court, and

  1. You were issued an arrest warrant before Jan. 1, 2003; OR
  2. You were issued a license suspension before Jan. 1, 1994; AND.
  3. Either the arrest warrant or license suspension is still in effect; AND
  4. Your case did not involve and is not related to any cases on the excluded charges list.


Q. I did not find my case. What does that mean?

Your case might involve a charge listed on the excluded charges list, If you did not find your cases listed on the dismissed cases list, your case is still outstanding and you should contact the municipal court where your case was filed to resolve your case Find municipal court contact information.


Q. Now that my case is dismissed, is the arrest warrant for failure to appear also withdrawn?

Yes. There is no more warrant for your arrest for failure to appear.


Q. Now that my case is dismissed, is the driver’s license suspension for failure to appear also withdrawn?

Yes. The driver’s license suspension for failure to appear is withdrawn. However, this is separate from requirements that the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) has for restoring driving privileges. Learn more about restoring a driver’s license. .


Q. How do I find out if I have other outstanding municipal court matters?

You can search for your outstanding municipal court cases on the municipal court ticket payment system, NJMCDirect.


Q. Why did the Supreme Court dismiss those cases?

Cases dismissed pursuant to the Court Orders address less serious municipal cases that were unlikely to be to be adjudicated after sitting unresolved for many years. There are several categories of dismissals:

  1. cases that are more than 15 years old with a bench warrant attached, which were dismissed by Omnibus Dismissal Order of January 2019 and Supplemental Order of Sept. 2019
  2. Additional cases that are older than 1994 with driver’s license suspensions attached. Those cases were dismissed by Omnibus Dismissal Order of May 21, 2021.
  3. Read the press release, Directive 26-20, and the 2019 Report to learn more.


Charges NOT included in the order:

  1. Indictable charges
  2. Disorderly persons charges
  3. Petty disorderly persons charges
  4. The following motor vehicle charges:

    • N.J.S.A. 39:3-10 Driving without a license
    • N.J.S.A. 39:3-10.13 Operating a commercial vehicle while intoxicated
    • N.J.S.A. 39:3-10.24 Refusal to submit to a breath test while operating a commercial vehicle
    • N.J.S.A. 39:3-10.18(b) Operating a commercial vehicle while commercial license suspended or revoked
    • N.J.S.A. 39:3-40 Driving while license suspended or revoked
    • N.J.S.A. 39:4-49.1 Drugs in a motor vehicle
    • N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 Driving while intoxicated
    • N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.4a Refusal to submit to a chemical test
    • N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.14 Underage driving while intoxicated
    • N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.19 Failure to install an interlock device
    • N.J.S.A. 39:4-96 Reckless driving
    • N.J.S.A. 39:4-98 Speeding (only those complaints in which the speed was alleged to be in excess of 35 mph over the posted speed limit
    • N.J.S.A. 39:4-128.1 Passing a stopped school bus
    • N.J.S.A. 39:4-129(a), (b) Leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury or property damage
    • N.J.S.A. 39:6B-2 Driving without insurance
    • N.J.S.A. 12:7-46 Boating while intoxicated