[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Stratford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The City of Marshfield (City) and Villages of Spencer and Stratford (Villages), Marathon and Wood Counties, Wisconsin, acting pursuant to § 61.34(1), Wis. Stats., are hereby authorized to and do establish a joint Municipal Court, as described in § 30-4 below.
The purpose of this article shall be to promote the general health, safety, and welfare and to maintain required local uniformity of the enforcement of the participating City and Villages.
The scope of this article includes enforcement of all ordinances adopted by the participating City and Villages which ordinances are in effect as of the effective date of this article, together will all such ordinances adopted hereinafter and during the existence of the described Municipal Court.
Pursuant to the authority granted by Ch. 755, Wis. Stats., there is hereby created and established a Municipal Court for the joint exercise of the power granted to the City of Marshfield, Village of Spencer, and Village of Stratford under § 755.01(1), Wis. Stats., to be designated as the "Marshfield Area Municipal Court," said Court to become operative upon the date of the enactment of identical ordinances and ratification of an operating agreement by each affected municipality. For purposes of this requirement, the term "identical ordinances" shall refer to ordinances which contain the same, exact substantive terms and conditions; nonetheless, it shall not be required that each municipality number or otherwise include this ordinance within its respective Code of Ordinances using the same, exact nomenclature.
Office created. Pursuant to § 755.01, Wis. Stats., there is created the office of Municipal Judge for the City and Villages. The Municipal Judge shall be a resident of the City of Marshfield, or the Village of Spencer, or the Village of Stratford.
Oath and bond. The Judge shall, after election or appointment to fill a vacancy, take the official oath as prescribed in § 757.02(1), Wis. Stats., and file such oath with the City Clerk for the City of Marshfield. At the same time, the Judge shall execute and file an indemnity bond with the City Clerk for the City of Marshfield in an amount of $5,000. The Judge shall not act until the oath and bond have been filed as required by § 19.01(4)(c), Wis. Stats., and the requirements of § 755.03(2) have been complied with.
Salary. The salary of the Municipal Judge shall be set by resolution of the City Council of the City of Marshfield and shall be in lieu of fees and costs. No salary shall be paid for any time during the term during which such Judge has not executed the official bond or official oath. The salary may be increased by resolution of the Marshfield City Council before the start of the second or subsequent year of service of the term of the Judge but shall not be decreased during the term.
Election term. The Municipal Judge shall be elected at large at the spring election in odd-numbered years for a term of four years commencing on May 1 next succeeding his or her election.
Jurisdiction. The Municipal Court Judge shall have jurisdiction as provided by law and § 755.045, Wis. Stats., and exclusive jurisdiction of violations of City of Marshfield, Village of Spencer, and Village of Stratford ordinances, resolutions, and bylaws.
Hours. The Municipal Court shall be open on the days and hours established by the Municipal Court Judge, subject to the approval of City Council and Village Boards.
Employees. The Municipal Judge shall appoint, in writing, such clerks and deputy clerks as are authorized by the City Council and Village Boards. The compensation of any employees of the Court shall be set by the City Council. The City Council shall also determine the fringe benefits to be provided and the hours of service.
Location. The Municipal Judge shall keep his office and hold Court sessions in the Marshfield City Hall or at a location as determined by the City of Marshfield Common Council.
The Municipal Judge shall collect all forfeitures, taxable costs, and assessments in any action or proceeding and shall pay over such moneys to the City of Marshfield Finance Director within seven days of receipt. At such time, the Municipal Court shall report to the City of Marshfield Finance Director the title, nature of offenses, and amount of judgments imposed in actions and proceedings in which such monies were collected in accordance with § 800.10(2), Wis. Stats. Should the Judge at any time fail to so report and deposit, his or her salary shall be suspended until such reports and deposits are made current.
The Municipal Judge may punish for contempt of Municipal Court persons guilty of any of the following acts. "Contempt of Court" means intentional:
Misconduct in the presence of the Court, which interferes with the Court proceeding or with the administration of justice or which impairs the respect to the Court.
Disobedience, resistance, or obstruction of the authority, process, or order of the Court (including refusal to pay a Court-imposed forfeiture).
Refusal as a witness to appear, be sworn, or answer a question.
Refusal to produce a record, document, or other object.
The act of unlawfully detaining within Marathon and Wood Counties any witness or party to an action while going to, remaining at or returning from Court where such action has been set for hearing or trial and any other unlawful interference with the process or proceedings in any action within the Counties of Marathon and Wood.
Contempt committed in the immediate view or presence of the Municipal Judge, and after the party so charged being heard in his defense, may be punished summarily. In other cases, the party shall be notified of the accusation and have a reasonable time to make his defense.
The Municipal Judge may, upon finding any person guilty of contempt of Court, order such person to forfeit not more than $50. In default of payment of the forfeiture and the penalty assessment imposed by state statute, the person found guilty of contempt may be imprisoned in the county jail not to exceed seven days.
Deposits for ordinance violations. The Municipal Judge shall establish and submit to the City Council and Village Boards for approval in accordance with § 800.03(3), Wis. Stats., a schedule of deposits for violations of City and Village ordinances.
Editor's Note: See now § 800.037, Wis. Stats.
Deposits for traffic and boating violations. The deposit schedule established by the Wisconsin Judicial Conference and the procedures set forth in Chapters 23 and 345, Wis. Stats., shall apply to stipulation and deposits for violations of traffic regulations enacted in accordance with § 345.27, Wis. Stats., and boating regulations enacted in accordance with § 30.77, Wis. Stats.
Stipulations and deposits in lieu of Court appearances. Persons cited for violations of City and Village ordinances, or violations of traffic or boating regulations for which a deposit has been established, shall be permitted to make a stipulation of no contest and a deposit in lieu of Court appearances as provided in §§ 800.03, 800.04, and 800.09, Wis. Stats.
Editor's Note: See now §§ 800.035, 800.037 and 800.09, Wis. Stats.
The Municipal Court shall have the authority to impose alternative dispositions and sanctions in Municipal Court.
For a juvenile adjudged to have violated a municipal ordinance, the Court is authorized to impose any of the dispositions listed in § 938.343 or 938.344, Wis. Stats., in accordance with the provisions of those statutes.
For a juvenile adjudged to have violated a municipal ordinance who violates a condition of a dispositional order of the Court under § 938.343 or 938.344, Wis. Stats., the Municipal Court is authorized to impose any of the sanctions listed in § 938.355(6)(d), Wis. Stats., in accordance with the provisions of those statutes.
The Municipal Court, in imposing a disposition under this section, shall order the juvenile to pay, in addition to any forfeiture, the costs of any counseling, safety program or alcohol or drug abuse assessment, including treatment, costs of electronic monitoring detention and placement in any detention facility.
This section is enacted under the authority of § 938.17(2)(cm), Wis. Stats.
In general, the Marshfield Area Municipal Court may be abolished at the end of any term for which the Judge has been elected, upon action taken by the Marshfield City Council, the Spencer Village Board, or the Stratford Village Board to repeal this article and transmittal of a certified copy of an ordinance abolishing the Marshfield Area Municipal Court to the appropriate filing officer under § 11.02(3e), Wis. Stats. To abolish the Court, it is not required that the City and Villages take similar action. The act of one of the governing boards to repeal its ordinance in accord with the terms thereof shall be sufficient. In the event the City of Marshfield City Council or Spencer Village Board or Stratford Village Board deems it to be in their best interests to abolish the Joint Municipal Court created under this article, they shall take such action no less than 60 days prior to the date on which the first nomination papers must be filed for the Municipal Judge's next term.
Delivery of books and records by Judge. In accordance with § 755.12, Wis. Stats., within 10 days after the effective date of the abolition of the Marshfield Area Municipal Court, the Judge shall separate the Court records, books, files, moneys and bonds according to the municipalities involved and deliver them to the appropriate City or Village Clerk.
Marshfield Area Municipal Judge to preside pending initial election. In the event that this article is adopted by each of the City of Marshfield, Village of Spencer, and Village of Stratford to take effect at a time in advance of the commencement of the next term of office for the Municipal Judge, the Municipal Judge of the City of Marshfield, an existing Municipal Court, shall continue to serve as the Judge of the Joint Municipal Court until the end of the current term of office.
Vacancy in office of Municipal Judge. In the event of a permanent vacancy in the office of the Marshfield Area Municipal Judge pending the initial election of the Joint Municipal Judge under this article, the office of Municipal Judge may be filled by temporary appointment by the Marshfield City Council, Spencer Village Board, and Stratford Village Board acting jointly. The office shall then be permanently filled by special election by the electors of the City and Villages held concurrently with the next spring election following the occurrence of the vacancy, except that a vacancy occurring during the period after December 1 and on or before the date of the spring election shall be filled at the succeeding spring election, and no such election may be held after the expiration of the term of office nor at any time of holding the regular election for the office.
In accordance with § 755.01(4), Wis. Stats., the City of Marshfield, Village of Spencer, and Village of Stratford shall enter into a joint operating agreement to exercise the authority under § 755.01(1), Wis. Stats.
This article, whose substantive terms shall be adopted by the City of Marshfield, Village of Spencer, and Village of Stratford, shall not be deemed to have been amended by any of the governing boards unless and until each of the governing boards shall adopt the same, exact ordinance amending or creating this article.