[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Lumberton 12-17-1973 by Ord. No. 1973-19 as part of Ch. II of the 1973 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be a Municipal Court in the township pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2A:8-1 et seq., or any amendments or supplements thereto, to be known as the "Municipal Court of the Township of Lumberton." The Municipal Court shall have a seal bearing the impress of the name of the court. The Court shall be held in the township hall or such other place as the Township Committee shall designate from time to time and shall exercise all the functions, powers, duties and jurisdiction conferred upon municipal courts by law.
There shall be a Municipal Judge of the Municipal Court appointed by the Township Committee. He/she shall serve for a term of three years from the date of appointment and until a successor shall be appointed and qualified.
The Municipal Judge shall have and possess the qualifications and shall have, possess and exercise all the functions, duties, powers and jurisdiction conferred by law or ordinance. He/she shall sit during such hours and at such times as the business of the court may require, subject to the rules applicable to municipal courts.
[Amended 6-3-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-8]
There shall be an Administrator of the Municipal Court who shall be appointed by the Township Committee for a term of three years, to run concurrently with that of the Municipal Judge. The Administrator shall perform the functions and duties prescribed for him/her by law, rules and regulations promulgated by the Administrative Director of the Courts and by the Municipal Judge. He/she shall be an officer of this township, as that term is defined and used in P.L. 1991, c. 29, known as the "Local Government Ethics Law," and his/her duties shall include but not be limited to the following:
Carrying out the rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to the operation of the Court.
Interviewing and speaking to persons wishing to file criminal complaints or wishing information in that regard, receiving complaints and dispensing information relative to Court matters.
Maintaining the financial records of the Court.
Attending Court; recording pleas, judgments and dispositions; arranging trial calendars; signing court documents; and preparing and issuing warrants and commitments.
Taking and preparing bail bonds, recognizances and security in lieu thereof; making inquiry concerning their sufficiency and equity; and receiving and accounting for fines and costs.
Interviewing persons on informal police court matters to determine if there is a basis for formal action and, if necessary, issuing summonses requiring court appearances; maintaining and classifying records and files.
Maintaining, forwarding, receiving and reporting such records, reports and files as are required by the State Director of Motor Vehicles.
Such other duties as may be required by general law or specifically assigned by the Township Committee.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.1 et seq.
[Amended 3-15-1976 by Ord. No. 1976-1; 6-3-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-8]
There shall be a Municipal Court Assistant who shall be appointed by the Township Committee for a term of three years, to run concurrently with that of the Municipal Judge. The Municipal Court Assistant shall perform all of the duties and have all of the powers of the Court Administrator during the absence or disability of the latter, except as may be limited or unauthorized by general law. At all other times, he/she shall assist the Court Administrator in the performance of his/her duties and the exercise of such powers as prescribed for him/her by law, rules and regulations and as otherwise designated by the Township Committee.
Compensation. As full compensation for the discharge of his/her duties, the Municipal Court Assistant shall receive such compensation as the Township Committee may fix from time to time in any salary ordinance of the township.
Appointment optional. Appointment of a Municipal Court Assistant shall be completely discretionary with the Township Committee, which shall decide whether or not to appoint someone to this office or to fill any vacancy existing in such position.