[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township of Washington (now Township of Robbinsville) as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Establishment
Article II Public Defender
[Adopted 12-31-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-37 as § 36 of the 2001 Code]
A Municipal Court for the Township of Robbinsville in the County of Mercer is hereby established as of the effective date of this article, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq.
The name of the Municipal Court shall be the "Municipal Court of the Township of Robbinsville in the County of Mercer."
The Municipal Court shall have a seal which shall bear the name of the Court.
There shall be a Municipal Judge of the Municipal Court, who shall be nominated and appointed by the governing body. The Judge shall serve for a term of three years from the date of his appointment and until his successor is appointed and qualified. In the event that any vacancy shall occur, it shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment was made, but only for the unexpired portion of the term.
The Municipal Court, and the Municipal Judge thereof, shall have, possess and exercise all of the functions, powers, duties and jurisdiction conferred by law upon the Court and Judge.
[Amended 4-8-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-14]
There shall be a Court Administrator and a Deputy Court Administrator of the Municipal Court who shall be appointed by the governing body of the Township of Robbinsville. The Court Administrator and Deputy Court Administrator shall perform the functions and duties as shall be prescribed for Court Administrators by law, the rules applicable to Municipal Courts and by the Municipal Judge.
The Court Administrator shall be appointed for a term of one year from the date of his/her appointment and until his/her successor is appointed and qualified.
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 2A:8-13.3, tenure shall be granted to the Court Administrator as follows:
Tenure for full-time Administrator of Municipal Court. Any person holding office, position or employment as full-time administrator of a municipal court who has held such office, position or employment continuously for five years or more and who has become certified during that period shall hold and continue to hold said office, position or employment during good behavior and shall not be removed therefrom for political or other reasons except for good cause, upon written charges and after a public, fair and impartial hearing.
The basic duties and responsibilities of the Court Administrator shall be to:
Enter in Court records the minutes and proceedings of the sessions of the Court of the Township of Robbinsville.
Assist the Judge by performing Court clerical work and related work as required, including:
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 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.
The basic duties and responsibilities of the Deputy Court Administrator shall be to:
The Deputy Court Administrator shall perform such duties as are required by the Court Administrator and shall function as a backup or fill-in for the Court Administrator.
The governing body may by ordinance or resolution provide for and appoint any additional clerical help or other assistants which the Municipal Court may require and provide for the compensation of the clerical help and other assistants.
[Adopted by Ord. No. 94-5, as amended by Ord. No. 97-43 (§ 2-65.3 of the 2001 Code)]
[Amended 4-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-17]
A person applying for representation by the Public Defender of the Township of Robbinsville shall pay an application fee at the time of application.
The Court may waive the required application fee, in whole or part, if the Court determines, in its discretion, that the application fee represents an unreasonable burden upon the person seeking representation.