[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wallington 5-13-1970 as Sec. 2-16 of the 1970 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 21 of the 1992 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be a Municipal Court in the Borough pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq., to be known as the "Municipal Court of the Borough of Wallington, 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 Borough Council 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., or any other law.
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 Council, 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., or by general law or ordinance.
[Amended 12-20-1993 by Ord. No. 93-19]
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.
[Added 3-10-1994 by Ord. No. 94-7; amended 5-28-1998 by Ord. No. 98-13; 12-21-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-22]
In the event that a person appearing before the Municipal Court of the Borough of Wallington applies for representation by a Municipal Defender, it shall be a requirement for such appointment that any such person applying for representation by a Municipal Public Defender shall pay an application fee of $200 to the Municipal Court of the Borough of Wallington. The Municipal Court may waive any required application fee, in whole or in part, if the Court determines, in its discretion, that the application fee represents an unreasonable burden to the person seeking representation.
The Municipal Court may waive the two-hundred-dollar application fee only upon a clear and convincing showing by the applicant that the application fee represents an unreasonable burden upon the person seeking representation.
The Municipal Court may permit a person to pay the application fee over a specific period of time not to exceed four months.