[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Pittsgrove as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 9-13-2005 by Ord. No. 9-2005]
The Municipal Court of the Township of Pittsgrove is established as of January 1, 1949, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 264 of the Laws of 1948 and as amended and supplemented by Chapter 293 of the Laws of 1993 (N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq.).
The name of the Municipal Court shall be the “Municipal Court of the Township of Pittsgrove.”
The Municipal Court shall have a seal which shall bear the impress of the name of the court.
There shall be a Municipal Judge of said Municipal Court, who shall be appointed by the Township Committee and who shall serve for a term of three years from the date of his appointment and until his successor is appointed and qualified.
[Added 1-30-1953; amended 12-14-1983]
The Municipal Judge shall receive an amount as set forth in the Annual Salary Ordinance, to be paid in the same manner as other municipal officers are paid, and which shall be in lieu of all fees, costs and any allowances whatsoever.
[Amended 9-13-2005 by Ord. No. 9-2005]
Said Municipal Court and the Municipal Judge thereof shall have, possess and exercise all of the functions, powers, duties and jurisdiction conferred by the provisions of Chapter 293 of the laws of 1993 (N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq.), as amended and supplemented, or by any other law of the State of New Jersey.
Editor's Note: Former Section 6, which immediately followed this section, which provided for the Judge to act as Clerk of the Municipal Court, was deleted 12-14-1983.
The Municipal Court shall be held in the municipal building in the Township of Pittsgrove, County of Salem and State of New Jersey. The Municipal Judge shall sit at such time or times as shall be necessary to promptly complete the calendar and at such other times as the business of the court may require, subject to the rules applicable to municipal courts.
[Adopted 6-8-1994 by Ord. No. 8-1994; amended in its entirety 12-22-1997 by Ord. No. 11-1997]
There shall be a Municipal Public Defender of the Municipal Court of the Township of Pittsgrove who shall be an attorney at law of the State of New Jersey in good standing. The Municipal Public Defender shall be appointed by the Township Committee of the Township of Pittsgrove and shall serve a term of one year from the date of his or her appointment and continue in that office pending his or her reappointment or appointment of a successor.
The Municipal Public Defender shall serve in accordance with P.L. 1997, c. 256, and have all of the powers and duties conferred by said law as supplemented and amended or by any other law of the State of New Jersey.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2B:24-1.
The Municipal Public Defender shall receive compensation in such amount and manner as established by the Pittsgrove Township Committee. The compensation to be paid to the Municipal Public Defender shall include all services rendered by the Municipal Public Defender relating to interlocutory appeals in the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Any person applying for representation by the Municipal Public Defender or a court approved counsel, in the event that the Municipal Public Defender is unable to act, shall pay an application fee of not more than the amount set forth in Chapter A120 of the Code of the Township of Pittsgrove, entitled “Fees,” but only in an amount necessary to pay the cost of the Municipal Public Defender services. The payment of said application fee shall be in accordance with and subject to the guidelines promulgated by the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey which permits the Municipal Court to waive the required application fee in whole or in part if the court determines in its discretion upon a clear and convincing showing by the applicant that the application fee represents an unreasonable burden on the person seeking representation. The Municipal Court may permit payment of the application fee over a specific period of time, not to exceed four months, and the funds collected shall be deposited in a dedicated fund administered by the Chief Financial Officer of the Township of Pittsgrove. The funds shall be used exclusively to meet the cost incurred in providing the services of a Municipal Public Defender, including, when required, expert and lay investigation and testimony.
[Added 12-28-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-13]
Any person desiring to obtain Municipal Court discovery shall mail a formal request to the Municipal Prosecutor. The request should specifically identify the parties and reference all ticket/summon numbers associated with the offense(s).
The Municipal Prosecutor shall obtain the requested discovery and mail an invoice to the requester, setting forth all fees associated with the request. Fees shall be set pursuant to Chapter A120.
Upon the Municipal Prosecutor receiving appropriate payment, the discovery shall immediately be forwarded.