Township of Florence, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Florence 12-21-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-12 as Ch. 8 of the 1983 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Salaries and compensation — See Ch. 27.

§ 8-1 Court established; legislative authority.

A Municipal Court for the Township of Florence is established, as of January 1, 1949, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 264 of the Laws of 1948, as amended and supplemented.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Said statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:8-1 et seq., was repealed by L.1993, c.293, § 6, effective 2-15-1994. See now N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq.

§ 8-2 Name of Court.

The name of the Municipal Court shall be the "Municipal Court of Florence Township."

§ 8-3 Seal.

The Municipal Court shall have a Seal, which shall bear the impress of the name of the Court.

§ 8-4 Appointment of Municipal Judge; term.

There shall be a Municipal Judge of said Municipal Court, who shall be appointed by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Florence and who shall serve for a term of three (3) years from the date of his appointment and until his successor is appointed and qualified.

§ 8-5 Compensation of Municipal Judge.

The Municipal Judge shall receive an annual salary as specified in the current Salary Ordinance, to be paid in the same manner as the salaries of other municipal officers are paid, and which shall be in lieu of all fees, costs and any other allowances whatsoever.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch.27, Salaries and Compensation.

§ 8-6 Powers, duties and jurisdiction.

The Municipal Court and the Municipal Judge thereof shall have, possess and exercise all the functions, powers, duties and jurisdiction conferred by the provisions of Chapter 264 of the Laws of 1948, as amended and supplemented,[1] or by any other law.
[1]
Editor's Note: See now N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq.

§ 8-7 Municipal Court Administrator.

[Amended 12-1-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-32]
There is hereby established the position of Municipal Court Administrator, and the annual salary of said Administrator shall be as specified in the current Salary Ordinance, to be paid at the same time and in the same manner as the salaries of other officials of said township shall be paid.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch.27, Salaries and Compensation.

§ 8-8 Location; convening of Court.

The Municipal Court shall be held in the Municipal Complex, Broad Street, in the Township of Florence. The Municipal Judge shall sit at such time or times as it shall be incumbent upon him to properly and adequately discharge the duties of his office, subject to the rules applicable to Municipal Courts.

§ 8-9 Municipal Public Defender.

[Added 5-3-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-8]
There shall be a Municipal Public Defender of the Township of Florence who shall be an attorney-at-law of the State of New Jersey and shall be appointed for a one-year term, to expire on the 31st day of December of the year of his appointment, or until his successor has been appointed and qualified at the annual reorganization meeting of the Township Council. The Mayor shall appoint the Municipal Public Defender with the advice and consent of the Township Council.

§ 8-10 Powers and duties.

[Added 5-3-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-8]
The Municipal Public Defender shall represents those defendants in the Municipal Court of Florence Township whom the judge of the Municipal Court has determined are indigent and constitutionally or otherwise entitled by law to have counsel furnished without costs. The Municipal Public Defender shall not represent those defendants who are indigent and are constitutionally or otherwise entitled by law to counsel if such defendants affirmatively and with an understanding of the waiver of such rights to counsel, state an intention to proceed without counsel. The representation of the defendant by the Municipal Public Defender shall continue through trial and, in the event of a conviction, shall continue through sentencing and shall include advising the defendant with respect to his right of appeal but shall not include the preparation and filing of the notice of Appeal or any other application for post-conviction relief.

§ 8-11 Application fee; waiver.

[Added 5-3-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-8]
A. 
Any person applying for representation by a Municipal Public Defender shall pay an application fee of not more than $200.
[Amended 5-20-1998 by Ord. No. 1998-12]
B. 
The Municipal Court may waive any required application fee, in whole or in part, if the Court determines in its discretion that the application fee represents an unreasonable burden on the person seeking representation.