[Amended 1-13-2014 by Ord. No. 03-2014; 1-13-2014 by Ord. No. 04-2014]
Office created. Pursuant to the authority granted by statute, there is created the office of municipal Judge for the Village.
Election and term. The municipal Judge shall be elected at large at the regular spring election in April for a term of four years, commencing from the first day of May next following his election.
Salary. The municipal Judge shall receive an annual salary as established by the Village Board, which shall be in lieu of fees and costs. No salary shall be paid to the municipal Judge for any time during his term for which he has not executed and filed his official bond and oath as required by Subsection (a)(4) of this section.
Bond and oath. The municipal Judge shall execute and file with the county Clerk of the circuit court the oath prescribed by law and a bond in the penal sum of $1,000.
The municipal Judge shall have such jurisdiction as provided in Wis. Stats. § 755.045, and exclusive jurisdiction of violations of Village ordinances.
The Village of Elmwood Park and the Village of Mount Pleasant have entered into an agreement whereby the Village of Elmwood Park Police Department will enforce certain state and local laws and ordinances at certain times within the Village of Elmwood Park. Pursuant to statute and the agreement between the Village of Elmwood Park and the Village, there is created and established in and for the Village of Elmwood Park and the Village, a joint municipal court, pursuant to Wis. Stats. § 755.01(4). Pursuant to the agreement and statute, the Village of Elmwood Park Constable may patrol and enforce state and local laws and ordinances within the boundaries of the Village of Elmwood Park. The current elected Judge for the Village shall have jurisdiction and authority to enforce the state and local laws and ordinances and any infractions thereof occurring within the boundaries of the Village of Elmwood Park and all fines, forfeitures and costs shall be retained by the Village. Pursuant to Wis. Stats. § 775.01(4), the current Judge of the Village shall serve as the Judge for the joint court until the end of the current term or until a special election is held under Wis. Stats. § 8.50(4)(fm).
Qualifications. No person shall be elected to the office of Municipal Judge who is not at the time of his/her election and for the entire tenure of his/her office, a citizen of the State of Wisconsin, a resident of the Village of Mt. Pleasant and an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin.
The court of the municipal Judge shall be known as the "Municipal Court for the Village of Mount Pleasant, Racine County, Wisconsin," and shall be open as determined by the municipal Judge.
The municipal Judge shall keep his office and hold court in the Village hall.
Except as provided by law, the procedure in municipal court shall be the same as provided in Wis. Stats. Ch. 800.
The municipal Judge shall collect all forfeitures and taxable costs in any action or proceeding before him, and shall pay over such monies to the Village Clerk-Treasurer not later than the 30th business day succeeding his receipt thereof.
The provisions of Wis. Stats. § 800.12, relating to municipal court contempt procedures, are adopted by reference in this section as if set forth in full in this section.
The municipal Judge may impose a forfeiture for contempt in an amount not to exceed $50 or, upon nonpayment of the forfeiture, a penalty assessment under Wis. Stats. § 757.05, jail assessment under Wis. Stats. § 302.46, crime laboratories and drug law enforcement assessment under Wis. Stats. § 165.755, any applicable consumer protection assessment under Wis. Stats. § 100.261, any applicable domestic abuse assessment under Wis. Stats. § 973.055(1), and a jail sentence not to exceed seven days.
The Municipal Judge may impose as a cost to a party appearing before the municipal court the actual cost of an interpreter at his/her normal hourly rate, including mileage, if any.