City of Vineland, NJ
Cumberland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Vineland 7-11-1952 by Ord. No. 4; amended in its entirety 5-22-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-34 (Ch. 20 of the 1990 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Department of Law — See Ch. 84.
Officers and employees — See Ch. 110.
Residency requirements — See Ch. 151.
Salaries and compensation — See Ch. 157.
A Municipal Court of the City of Vineland is hereby established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1. The name of the Municipal Court shall be the "Municipal Court of Vineland," and it shall be located in the City of Vineland.
[Amended 9-10-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-43]
The Vineland Municipal Court shall be presided over by two Judges, one of which shall be designated as the Chief Judge Municipal Court of Vineland. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 2B:12-4, the two Judges shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council, and each shall serve for a term of three years from the date of appointment and until a successor is appointed and qualified. The Chief Judge shall be designated by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council.
[Amended 9-10-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-43]
The qualifications of the individuals considered for the position of Judge and Chief Judge of the Municipal Court of Vineland shall be as provided for in N.J.S.A. 2B:12-7. The Chief Judge shall be based upon the extent of his/her experience as a jurist and attorney in the State of New Jersey as well as the extent of the qualifications set forth in the aforementioned statute.
[Amended 9-10-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-43]
A. 
The Judges of the Municipal Court shall receive such salary as may be fixed by the Council in the compensation schedules heretofore adopted or hereafter to be adopted in the Schedule of Classified/Unclassified Positions and Applicable Salary Ranges in the Civil Service of the City of Vineland.
B. 
The Municipal Court Judge and Chief Judge of the Vineland Municipal Court shall be part-time. The Vineland Municipal Court Judge and Chief Judge shall be available to perform their duties and shall sit on such days and evenings and for such period as the disposition of matters before them shall require in accordance with the rules, regulations and directives of the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Assignment Judge of Cumberland County.
C. 
The Vineland Municipal Court Judge and Chief Judge may engage in private practice or serve in other legal capacities which shall not interfere or supersede their duties as Judge and Chief Judge of the Vineland Municipal Court.
[Amended 9-10-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-43]
A. 
The Municipal Court Judge and Chief Judge of the Vineland Municipal Court shall possess and exercise all of the functions, powers, duties and jurisdiction conferred by New Jersey law.
B. 
The Chief Judge of the Vineland Municipal Court shall be responsible to designate the time and place of Court and assign cases among Judges of the Vineland Municipal Court pursuant to the rules of Court. The Chief Judge shall have the authority to designate an Acting Court Administrator or Deputy Administrator, to serve temporarily in the event of the absence of the Administrator or Deputy Administrator, who shall be paid at a rate established by the Chief Judge but not exceeding that which has been established for the Administrator or Deputy Administrator.
The Municipal Court shall have jurisdiction over cases arising within the territory of the City of Vineland. Said Court shall have jurisdiction over offenses within its territorial jurisdiction as specified in the New Jersey statutes.
[Amended 8-13-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-52]
A. 
The position of Public Defender within the Municipal Court is hereby established and shall be a part-time position. The Public Defender shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council and shall serve for the term of one year from the date of appointment and until a successor is appointed and qualified. The Public Defender shall not be entitled to compensatory time or overtime.
[Amended 10-27-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-68; 8-26-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-39]
B. 
The Public Defender shall, in the manner prescribed by New Jersey law, provide legal representation of any person charged with a disorderly persons offense or with the violation of any law, ordinance or regulation of a penal nature where there is a likelihood that the person so charged, if convicted, will be subject to imprisonment or, in the opinion of the Court, any other consequences of magnitude. The Public Defender shall also represent those defendants who have been declared indigent by the Municipal Court Judge and provide necessary time and expertise so as to adequately and competently represent those persons assigned to his/her counsel and in a manner that shall not adversely impact the proper operation of the Vineland Municipal Court in dispensing justice.
[Amended 8-26-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-39]
C. 
The Municipal Court Administrator shall charge $200 per application for Public Defender services. The fee may be waived, in whole or in part, upon a clear and convincing finding by the Municipal Court Judge that the application fee represents an unreasonable burden on the person seeking representation.
[Amended 10-27-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-68]
D. 
Fees collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in a dedicated fund administered by the City Comptroller. Such fund shall be used exclusively to meet the costs incurred in providing the services of the Public Defender, including, when required, expert and lay investigation and testimony.
[Added 1-11-2011 by Ord. No. 2010-63]
The position of Alternate Public Defender is hereby established. The Alternate Public Defender shall serve in the absence of the Public Defender or in cases where a conflict prohibits the Public Defender from serving. The Alternate Public Defender shall be subject to the same administrative provisions of this article.