City of Burlington, WI
Racine County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Burlington 1-5-1988 by Ord. No. 1203(25) as § 1.35 of the 1988 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 17-1 Municipal Judge.

A. 
Creation. Pursuant to Ch. 755, Wis. Stats., there is hereby created the office of the Municipal Judge for the City.
B. 
Term. The term of Municipal Judge shall be four years commencing on May 1 of the year of election.
[Amended 2-21-2011 by Ord. No. 1941(18)]
C. 
Salary. The Municipal Judge shall receive a salary as determined from time to time by the Common Council, which shall be in lieu of fees and costs. No salary shall be paid to the Judge for any time during his term for which he has not executed and filed his official bond and oath as required by Subsection D.
D. 
Bond: oath. The Municipal Judge shall execute and file with the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Racine County the oath and a bond in the penal sum of $2,000 as prescribed by § 755.03, Wis. Stats.
[Amended 11-18-2003 by Ord. No. 1740(20)]
E. 
Qualifications. The Municipal Judge shall be licensed to practice law in the state.
F. 
Jurisdiction. The Municipal Judge shall have such jurisdiction as provided in § 755.045 and Ch. 800, Wis. Stats., and exclusive jurisdiction of violations of City ordinances.
[Amended 11-18-2003 by Ord. No. 1740(20)]
G. 
Procedure.
(1) 
The court of the Municipal Judge shall be called the "Municipal Court for the City of Burlington, Wisconsin," and shall be open.
(2) 
Except as provided by law, the procedure in Municipal Court shall be the same as applicable to other Municipal Judges.
(3) 
The Municipal Judge shall collect all forfeitures, fines and taxable costs in any action or proceeding before him and shall pay over such monies to the Treasurer daily.
H. 
Bailiff. A full-time officer selected by the Municipal Judge and approved by the Chief of Police shall be assigned to the Municipal Court.
I. 
Court costs. In a Municipal Court action, unless excepted in § 815.65(1), Wis. Stats., the Municipal Court shall collect the maximum fee allowed by § 814.65(1), Wis. Stats., on each separate matter, whether it is on default of appearance, a plea of guilty or no contest, on issuance of a warrant or summons, or the action is tried as a contested matter.
[Added 2-3-1998 by Ord. No. 1574(24); amended 5-16-2006 by Ord. No. 1797(1); 1-21-2014 by Ord. No. 1975(9)]

§ 17-2 Contempt of court.

[Added 8-6-1996 by Ord. No. 1533(9)]
A. 
Definition. "Contempt of court" means intentional:
(1) 
Misconduct in the presence of the court which interferes with a court proceeding or with the administration of justice or which impairs the respect due the court;
(2) 
Disobedience, resistance or obstruction of the authority, process or order of a court;
(3) 
Refusal as a witness to appear, be sworn or answer a question; or
(4) 
Refusal to produce a record, document or other object.
B. 
The Municipal Judge may impose a forfeiture for contempt of court as defined in Subsection A this section not to exceed the amount as provided by § 800.12, Wis. Stats., or up to seven days in jail for failure to pay such forfeiture.