Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ
Monmouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea 12-14-48 by Ord. No. 44. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established a Municipal Court in the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea, to be known as the "Municipal Court of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea."
Said Court shall have a seal, which seal shall bear the impress of the name of the Court.
The Court shall be presided over by a Judge appointed by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea. He shall have the qualifications required by law and shall serve for a term of three (3) years from the date of his appointment and until his successor is appointed and qualified.
Every Judge of the Municipal Court appointed by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea shall be a resident of this state and shall be an attorney or a person who has had actual experience as a Recorder, Police Judge or Justice of the Peace or who is qualified under any rules of court. Such Judge, if an attorney at law, need not be a resident of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea.
Each Judge of the Municipal Court shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, take and subscribe an oath in substantially the same manner as provided in N.J.S.A. 2:212-7.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The various aspects of the Municipal Court are now regulated by the applicable provisions of N.J.S.A. 2A:8-1 et seq. and by the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey.
The compensation of said Judge shall be an annual salary, which shall be fixed by ordinance adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea, and such compensation shall be in lieu of any and all other fees.[1]
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Editor's Note: See Ch. 43, Salaries and Compensation.
The Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea may, by ordinance or resolution, or by similar ordinances or resolutions, provide for a Clerk and other assistants for the Municipal Court of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea and provide for their compensation. The Board of Commissioners may also, by ordinance or resolution, designate any officer or employee of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea to serve as Clerk of the Municipal Court, with or without additional compensation.
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The territorial jurisdiction of said Municipal Court shall be the territory embraced within the boundaries of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea. Said Municipal Court shall have jurisdiction of the following offenses occurring within its territorial jurisdiction:
(1) 
Violations of the motor vehicle and traffic laws.
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Violations of the fish and game laws.
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Violations of the ordinances of the municipality wherein the Municipal Court is located.
(4) 
Violations of the disorderly persons law, Subtitle 15 of Title 2 of the New Jersey Revised Statues. [1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2A:170-1 et seq.
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Violations of Chapter 1 of Title 44, Poor, of the New Jersey Revised Statues. [2]
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 44:1-1 et seq.
(6) 
Violations of Chapters 6 and 17 of Title 9 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes relating to children. [3]
[3]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 9:6-1 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 9:17-1 et seq.
(7) 
Violations of Article 4 of Chapter 5 of Title 30 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes relating to institutions and agencies. [4]
[4]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 30:4C-1 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 44:10-1 et seq.
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Said Municipal Court of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea shall exercise and enjoy such jurisdiction and authority in criminal matters as are now or may hereafter be conferred upon it by law.
Said Municipal Court and the Judge thereof shall also have, possess and exercise all the functions, powers, duties and jurisdiction in criminal cases heretofore exercised by any Justice of the Peace, Police Justice, Police Magistrate or Recorder, except that said Municipal Court shall not have jurisdiction to try and determine an indictable offense where a defendant offers to waive, in writing, indictment and trial by jury. Where the person charged offers to waive indictment and trial by jury and the Municipal Court is without jurisdiction to try and determine the offense charged, the Judge may commit or, if the offense charged is bailable in law, admit the person charged to bail with sufficient surety to appear before such court as shall have jurisdiction in such case to hear and determine the crime or offense charged.
The Judge of the Municipal Court shall have and exercise all the authority of a committing judge or magistrate; provided, however, that where a person is charged with an indictable offense, said Judge sitting as a committing judge or magistrate, shall not discharge the person charged without first having given the County Prosecutor notice and an opportunity to be heard in the case.
The practice and procedure of the said Municipal Court shall be substantially as provided by N.J.S.A. 2:220-32 to 2:220-55, both inclusive, subject to such rules as the Supreme Court shall promulgate and make applicable to the municipal courts, which rules shall supersede, so far as they conflict with, statutory and common law regulations theretofore existing. [1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The various aspects of the Municipal Court are now regulated by the applicable provisions of N.J.S.A. 2A:8-1 et seq. and by the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey.
Upon the establishment of the said Municipal Court under this chapter all causes and proceedings of whatever character pending in the local Recorder's Court shall be transferred to the said Municipal Court and shall be continued in said Municipal Court with the same effect as though they had been commenced therein, and all files, papers, dockets, books of account and all data appertaining thereto and any moneys on deposit as bail or for any other purpose shall be transferred to said Municipal Court.
The Mayor or other chief executive officer of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea or the Municipal Clerk, or, when so provided by resolution of the governing body, a Recorder provided for and appointed solely for such purpose, shall have the power in criminal cases to hold defendants to appear before the court having jurisdiction to hear the matter by taking recognizances of bail with surety or sureties in such reasonable sums as he may deem fit and to forward the same to the said court before the time of appearance therein mentioned. Any such power shall be exercisable in the same manner and shall be subject to the same limitations as in the case of the Judge of the court before which any such defendant is to appear.
Whenever the Judge of the Municipal Court shall be unable to sit as such Judge, he may designate any other Judge of any Municipal Court or any attorney at law to sit for him temporarily and hold the Municipal Court, provided that such designation shall be made in writing and shall be filed in said Court, whereupon any such person so designated, while sitting temporarily, shall have all of the powers of the Judge of said Court.
The costs and fees charged against defendants, when collected, shall become municipal funds and shall be turned over to the Borough Treasurer. The amount of such fees and costs shall be as provided in Article 3 of Chapter 3 of Title 22 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes and, as to small claims, as provided by Article 24 of Chapter 32 of Title 2 of the New Jersey Statutes. The fines and penalties imposed in said Municipal Court shall be disposed of as provided by law.[1]
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Editor's Note: The various aspects of the Municipal Court are now regulated by the applicable provisions of N.J.S.A. 2A:8-1 et seq. and by the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey.
Except as otherwise provided by law, the provisions of existing law, both statutory and otherwise, now applicable to Police Judges, Police Justices, Police Magistrates and Recorders, shall continue and be applicable to the said Municipal Court.
The terms and provisions of this chapter shall take effect on the first day of January 1949, at which time the present Recorder's Court of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea shall be abolished and cease to exist.
[Added 2-9-98 by Ord. No. 1-1998]
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Position established. There is hereby created by the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea the position of Public Defender.
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Appointments; term of office. The Public Defender shall be appointed by the Mayor and Commissioners. The term shall be for one (1) year effective January 1 until December 31 of the same year, and until the appointment and qualification of a successor.
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Professional fee. The Public Defender shall receive a fee per court session as prescribed pursuant to the Salary Ordinance.
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Duties. The Public Defender shall represent any person who makes an application for representation to the Municipal Court of the Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea and is approved by same. An application fee of fifty dollars ($50) to two hundred dollars ($200) based on the defendant's ability to pay shall be paid by the defendant. For purposes of this section, the term "need of the defendant" shall be measured consistent with the standard set forth in N.J.S.A. 2A:158-14, as may be amended from time to time. The Municipal Court may waive the application in whole or in part if the Court determines in its discretion, the application fee represents an unreasonable burden on the person seeking such representation.