[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Riverdale 12-9-1948 by Ord. No. 45. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Salaries and compensation — See Ch. 56.
There is hereby established in and for the Borough of Riverdale in the County of Morris a Municipal Court, pursuant to Chapter 264 of the Public Laws of 1948, as amended by Chapter 394 of the Public Laws of 1948.
Editor's Note: See now N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq.
The name of this Court shall be "Municipal Court of the Borough of Riverdale in the County of Morris" and shall have such civil and criminal jurisdiction as provided by law.
[Amended 9-21-1992 by Ord. No. 4-92]
Said Municipal Court shall have a Judge who shall be known as the "Municipal Judge" who shall have such qualifications as may be provided by law. The Municipal Judge shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Borough Council and shall serve for a term of three years from the date of his appointment, until his successor is appointed and qualifies.
Said Judge shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, take and subscribe to an oath, as provided by law. The salary of said Judge shall be as set forth in the payroll ordinance, and said salary shall be in lieu of any and all fees and costs.
The Borough Council may by resolution provide for a Court Clerk and such other necessary clerical and other assistants as they may deem necessary.
The Borough Council shall provide the necessary accommodations for the Court and shall furnish a Court Seal as required by law, as well as other necessary supplies.
Whenever said Judge of said Municipal Court shall be unable to sit as such Judge, he may designate any other Judge of any Municipal Court or an attorney at law to sit for him temporarily and hold the Municipal Court, provided that any such designation shall be made in writing and shall be filed in said Court, and any such person so designated, while sitting temporarily, shall have all the powers of the Judge of said Court.
Anything in this chapter to the contrary notwithstanding, the duties, powers and jurisdiction of said Municipal Court and the Judge thereof shall be such as shall from time to time be prescribed or established by law and the rules of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and this chapter shall at all times be subject to any provisions of law and said rules of the Supreme Court of New Jersey affecting the duties, powers and jurisdiction of said Court or the Judge thereof.
[Added 3-2-1998 by Ord. No. 3-98]
An attorney at law of the State of New Jersey shall be appointed to act as Municipal Court Public Defender. The Municipal Court Public Defender shall be appointed by the Borough Council, and shall serve for a term of one year from the date of his or her appointment until a successor is appointed and qualified.
A person applying for representation by a Municipal Public Defender shall pay an application fee ranging from $50 to $200. The application fee may be waived by a Municipal Court Judge. The Municipal Court Judge may allow the fee to be paid over a four-month period, where appropriate. The funds collected as application fees shall be turned over to the Chief Finance Officer to be deposited in a dedicated fund to cover the costs incurred in providing a Municipal Public Defender.
[Amended 5-18-1998 by Ord. No. 5-98]