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City of Hudson, WI
St. Croix County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Hudson by Ord. No. 1-81 as Ch. 1, Sec. 1.05 of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
Office created. Pursuant to W.S.A. s. 755.01, there is created the office of Municipal Judge for the city.
B. 
Election; term. The Municipal Judge shall be elected at large at the spring election commencing with the 1968 election for a term of four years, or until a successor is elected and qualifies, commencing on May 1 next succeeding his election. Midterm vacancies in the office of Municipal Judge shall be filled by special election to be held not less than 55 nor more than 70 days after the order of the Council therefor.
C. 
Salary. The Municipal Judge shall receive a salary which shall be determined and fixed by the Common Council and which salary shall be in lieu of fees and costs. The salary may be increased by the Common Council before the start of the second or a subsequent year of service of the term of the Judge but shall not be decreased during a term. No salary shall be paid to the Judge for any time during his term for which he has not executed and filed his official bond and oath as required by Subsection D of this section.
[Amended by Ord. No. 7-85]
D. 
Bond; oath.
(1) 
The Municipal Judge shall execute and file with the Clerk of the Courts for St. Croix County the oath prescribed by W.S.A. s. 757.02 and a bond in the penal sum of $1,000.
(2) 
The Municipal Judge shall not be qualified to act until a certified copy of the bond is filed with the City Clerk and certified copy of the oath is filed with the office of the Sate Administrator of Courts as required by W.S.A. s. 755.03.
E. 
Jurisdiction. The Municipal Judge shall have jurisdiction as provided by law and W.S.A. s. 755.045 and exclusive jurisdiction of violations of city ordinances, resolutions and bylaws.
A. 
The Municipal Court for the City of Hudson is established pursuant to W.S.A. s. 755.01 and ch. 755.
[Amended 5-1-2000 by Ord. No. 9-00]
B. 
Hours. The Municipal Court for the city shall be open as determined by order of the Municipal Judge.
C. 
Location. The Municipal Judge shall keep his office and hold court in the City Hall.
D. 
Procedure. The procedure in Municipal Court for the city shall be as provided by this chapter and state law, including, without limitation because of enumeration, W.S.A. chs. 800 and 755 and ss. 23.66 to 23.99, 778.14, 778.15 and 345.53.
[Amended 5-1-2000 by Ord. No. 9-00]
E. 
Collection and return of forfeitures. The Municipal Judge shall collect all forfeitures, penalty assessments, fees and taxable costs in any action or proceeding before him and shall pay over such moneys to the Finance Officer within seven days of collection. At such time the Municipal Judge shall also report to the Finance Officer the title, nature of offenses and total amount of judgments imposed in actions and proceedings in which such moneys were collected.
F. 
Contempt of Court. The Municipal Judge, after affording an opportunity to the person accused to be heard in defense, may punish for contempt of Municipal Court persons guilty of either of the following acts and no other:
(1) 
Disorderly, contemptuous and insolent behavior toward the Judge while engaged in any judicial proceeding or other conduct which tends to interrupt the proceedings or to impair the respect due the Judge's authority.
(2) 
Resistance of or disobedience to any lawful order or process made or issued by the Judge.
G. 
Penalty for contempt. The Municipal Judge may, upon finding any person guilty of contempt, order such person to forfeit not more than $50 plus a twelve-percent penalty assessment under W.S.A. s. 165.87. Upon nonpayment of the forfeiture and penalty, the person found guilty of contempt may be sentenced to the county jail not to exceed seven days.
A. 
Deposit schedule to be established. The Municipal Judge shall establish and submit to the Common Council for approval, in accordance with W.S.A. s. 785, a schedule of deposits for violations of the city ordinances, resolutions and bylaws, except traffic regulations, which are governed by W.S.A. s. 345.26, and boating violations governed by W.S.A. s. 23.67. When approved by the Council, such deposit schedule shall be maintained and on file in the office of the Municipal Court Clerk and the City Police Department.
[Amended 5-1-2000 by Ord. No. 9-00; 7-20-2015 by Ord. No. 7-15]
B. 
Stipulation and deposit in lieu of court appearance. Persons cited for violations of city ordinances, resolutions or bylaws for which a deposit has been established under this section shall be permitted to make a stipulation of no contest and a deposit in lieu of court appearance as provided in W.S.A. ss. 800.03, 800.04 and 800.09.
C. 
Traffic and boating deposits. The deposit schedule established by the Wisconsin Board of County Judges and the procedures set forth in W.S.A. ch. 23 and ss. 345.26(2), 778.25(3), 778.26(3) and 969.065 shall apply to stipulations and deposits for violations of traffic regulations enacted in accordance with W.S.A. s. 345.26 and boating regulations enacted in accordance with W.S.A. s. 30.77.
[Amended 5-1-2000 by Ord. No. 9-00]
D. 
When not permitted. Stipulations and deposits shall not be permitted after initial appearance or in cases of contempt under § 26-2F.
[Amended by Ord. No. 16-88; Ord. No. 25-94; 8-4-2014 by Ord. No. 6-14]
Citations for Municipal Court may be issued by the following City officers: Building Inspector, Assistant Building Inspector, Fire Chief/Fire Inspector, Zoning Administrator, Director of Parks and Public Works, and sworn officers of the Hudson Police Department.
[Added by Ord. No. 2-97]
The Municipal Court may require a person violating a city ordinance that prohibits conduct that is the same as or similar to conduct prohibited by state statute, punishable by fine or imprisonment, to make a contribution not to exceed the maximum amount of the forfeiture which may be levied to a crime prevention organization if the Court determines that the violator has the financial ability to make the contributions.
[Added by Ord. No. 3-97]
The Municipal Court shall have the authority to impose alternative dispositions and sanctions in Municipal Court.
A. 
For a juvenile adjudged to have violated a municipal ordinance, the Court is authorized to impose any of the dispositions listed in W.S.A. ss. 938.343 and 938.344, in accordance with the provisions of those statutes.
B. 
For a juvenile adjudged to have violated a municipal ordinance who violates a condition of a dispositional order of the Court under W.S.A. s. 938.343 or 938.344, the Municipal Court is authorized to impose any of the sanctions listed in W.S.A. s. 938.355(6)(d), in accordance with the provisions of those statutes.
C. 
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.
D. 
This section is enacted under the authority of W.S.A. s. 938.17(2)(cm).