[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Woolwich as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-21-1973 by Ord. No. 73-3; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
There shall be a Municipal Court in the township pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq., to be known as the "Municipal Court of the Township of Woolwich, New Jersey."
The Municipal Court shall have a Seal bearing the impress of the name of the Court.
The Court shall be held in such building where proper facilities may be provided for the Court and its work as the Township Committee shall designate from time to time and shall exercise all of the functions, powers, duties and jurisdiction conferred upon municipal courts by the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq.
The Judge of the Municipal Court shall sit at such times as the business of the Court may require, subject to the rules applicable to municipal courts.
There shall be a Judge of the Municipal Court appointed by the Township Committee, who shall serve for a term of three years from the date of appointment and until a successor shall be appointed and qualified.
The Judge of the Municipal Court shall have and possess the qualifications and shall have, possess and exercise all of the functions, duties, powers and jurisdiction conferred by N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq.
There shall be a Municipal Court Administrator, who shall perform such functions and duties as prescribed for him by law, the rules applicable to municipal courts and by the Judge of the Municipal Court. His duties shall include, but not be limited to:
Carrying out the rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to the operation of the Court.
Interviewing and speaking to prospective complainants, receiving complaints and dispensing information relating to court matters.
Maintaining the financial records of the Court.
Attending court, taking minutes of the trials and entering them in the docket, arranging trial calendars, signing court documents and preparing and issuing warrants and commitments.
Taking and preparing bail bonds, making inquiry as to 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 in this regard; and maintaining and classifying records and files.
[Adopted 2-7-1994 by Ord. No. 94-1]
The Judge of the Municipal Court of the Township of Woolwich is authorized to make decisions as to which defendants are indigent, and after a determination is made, the Public Defender shall represent the defendant.
[Amended 4-20-1998 by Ord. No. 98-15]
A fee in the sum of $200 shall be charged for representation by the Municipal Public Defender.
The Municipal Court may waive the application fee in whole or in part if the Judge determines that the application fee imposes an unreasonable hardship upon the person applying for the Municipal Public Defender representation.
The application fee shall be used to help defray the cost of hiring a Public Defender and in the administrative costs of the Municipal Court of the Township of Woolwich.