First appearance hearings are held within 24 to 48 hours of a defendant being taken to a county jail. At the hearing, the prosecutor’s office must make a motion to have the defendant detained. Otherwise, the judge will set conditions of release based on input from pretrial services staff, the prosecutor, and the defense attorney. Defendants taken into custody on weekends will have their first appearances conducted online from the jail.
Virtual Courtroom participants, including judges and attorneys will find more information here.
Virtual Courtroom & Bergen County Jail
Bergen County Jail
160 South River Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Visitors can park in the Visitors Lot off of South River Street. The court proceedings can be viewed via the internet virtual courtroom which will be broadcast in the Jail’s Reception Area for the public viewing.
The waiting area or lobby will be opened to the public. The public will be able to view the virtual hearing from the waiting room on the 4th Floor of 6 Executive Campus, 1112 Union Ave, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 or from home.
NJCourts Cumberland Public Broadcast
(if no Virtual Courtroom is listed, check Gloucester or Salem)
NJCourts Gloucester Public Broadcast
(if no Virtual Courtroom is listed, check Cumberland or Salem)
NJCourts Salem Public Broadcast
(if no Virtual Courtroom is listed, check Cumberland or Gloucester)
Essex County Courthouse - CJP
50 West Market Street, 5th floor Room 502, Newark, N.J. 07102
Hudson County Administration Building
595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
Location information: CJP courtroom is on the ground floor (Room G5)
Entrance information: Enter through the CJP entrance on Central Avenue
Parking information: There is a paid parking lot on the corner of Central and Pavonia Aves.