[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Franklin 12-27-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-20. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 32, Court, Joint Municipal, consisting of Art. I, Establishment, adopted 12-6-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10, as amended, and Art. II, Discovery Fees, adopted 3-10-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-04, and provided that it would be effective on 1-1-2013.
Under the powers and authority granted to the Township Committee by N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq., a municipal court is hereby established for the Township of Franklin, in the County of Hunterdon, to be known as "Municipal Court of the Township of Franklin."
The Township Committee is authorized to enter into and execute one or more shared services agreements with other municipalities for the creation of a shared municipal court through the appointment of the same persons to serve as the court staff of the Municipal Court of the Township of Franklin and the municipal courts or joint courts of such other municipalities, as well as the maintenance of shared court facilities, equipment, supplies and employees. The salary of the court staff and the other costs of operating the shared municipal court shall be shared between any municipalities with which the Township Committee has executed a shared agreement, as provided for in such agreement(s). Any costs and fines collected from defendants and any other costs or amounts collected or received by the Court operated pursuant to the shared services agreement shall be divided between such municipalities as provided for in the agreement, unless otherwise provided by law.
The Municipal Court shall have a Municipal Court Judge, a Municipal Court Administrator, a Municipal Prosecutor and a Public Defender. The appointments, salaries and job descriptions for these positions shall be set forth in a shared services agreement unless otherwise set by statute.
The Municipal Court may appoint such other clerical or other assistance as is necessary for the Court's efficient operation. These appointments shall be made pursuant to the terms of the shared services agreement.