[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Leonia 12-27-1948 by Ord. No. 503 (Ch. 18 of the 1982 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
A Municipal Court for the Borough of Leonia is established as of January 1, 1949, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 264 of the Laws of 1948, as amended and supplemented.
The name of the Municipal Court shall be the "Municipal Court of the Borough of Leonia."
The Municipal Court shall have a seal which shall bear the impress of the name of the Court.
There shall be a Judge of said Municipal Court who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council, and who shall serve for a term of three years from the date of his appointment and until his successor is appointed and qualified. The Judge shall receive such salary as may be fixed by law or ordinance.
Said Municipal Court and the Judge thereof shall have, possess and exercise all the functions, powers, duties and jurisdiction conferred by the provisions of Chapter 264 of the Laws of 1948, as amended and supplemented, or by any other law.
There shall be a Clerk of the Municipal Court who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council, and who shall serve for a term of one year from the date of appointment and until a successor is appointed and qualified. The Clerk shall perform such functions and duties as shall be prescribed by law, the rules applicable to Municipal Courts and by the Judge. Said Clerk shall receive such salary as may be fixed by law or ordinance.
[Amended 5-21-1990 by Ord. No. 1108]
The Municipal Court shall be held in the Borough Hall or the Borough Hall Annex. The Judge shall sit at such times as the business of the Court may require, subject to the rules applicable to Municipal Courts.
[Added 3-21-1994 by Ord. No. 1174]
There is hereby created the office of Municipal Public Defender of the Borough.
The Municipal Public Defender shall be an attorney at law of the State of New Jersey and shall provide representation to indigent defendants who qualify for appointment of counsel as required by law; the Municipal Court Judge shall approve all applications for appointment of the public defender to represent said persons as required by law.
The term of office of the Municipal Public Defender shall be for one year, effective January 1 of each year and until December 31 of the same year and until the appointment and qualification of his successor.
The salary of the Municipal Public Defender shall be based upon a retainer as provided for in the current Salary Ordinance of the Borough.
Those persons applying for representation by the Municipal Public Defender shall pay an application fee of $200 at the time of presentation of an application for the public defender. The Municipal Court Judge may, however, in his discretion, waive any required application fee in whole or in part if the Judge determines, in his discretion, that the application fee represents an unreasonable burden on the person seeking representation.
[Amended 9-21-1998 by Ord. No. 98-15]