Township of Hamilton, NJ
Atlantic County
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§ 52-6 Appointment of Municipal Court Judge; powers, duties and qualifications.

A. 
There shall be one joint Municipal Court Judge. Pursuant to Article VI, Section VI of the New Jersey Constitution, the Municipal Court Judge of the Joint Municipal Court shall be nominated and appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Any and all recommendations made to the Governor for such nomination and appointment shall be made by the Township of Hamilton. Until such time as the Gubernatorial appointment is finalized, the Assignment Judge for Vicinage I — Atlantic/Cape May Counties may appoint the Municipal Court Judge.
B. 
During any vacancy in the office of Municipal Court Judge of the Joint Municipal Court, the Acting Judge shall be appointed by the Vicinage Assignment Judge, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2B:12-6.
C. 
The Municipal Court Judge shall serve for a term of three (3) years from the date of appointment and until a successor shall be appointed and qualified.
D. 
The Municipal Court Judge shall have and possess the qualifications as established by N.J.S.A. 2B:12-7 and the New Jersey Supreme Court and shall have, possess and exercise all the functions, duties, power and jurisdiction conferred by the law or ordinance. Whenever the Municipal Court Judge is unable to sit as such, any Judge designated by the Assignment Judge for Vicinage I - Atlantic-Cape May Counties may sit for him/her temporarily and hold the Joint Municipal Court. Any such designee, while sitting temporarily, shall possess all of the powers of the Municipal Court Judge.
E. 
The Municipal Court Judge shall faithfully carry out all of the duties and responsibilities of a Municipal Court Judge and shall abide by all rules and regulations established for Municipal Court Judges by the New Jersey Supreme Court, by the Administrative Office of the Courts and by the laws of the State of New Jersey.
F. 
The Municipal Court Judge shall have full management authority over judicial operations of the Joint Municipal Court.
G. 
The compensation for the Municipal Court Judge, Acting Judge and/or temporary judges shall be fixed and paid for by the governing body of Hamilton.

§ 52-7 Municipal Court Prosecutor.

A. 
There shall be one Prosecutor for the Joint Municipal Court who shall prosecute all cases in the Joint Municipal Court. The Municipal Prosecutor for the Joint Municipal Court shall be appointed by the governing body of Hamilton, in its sole and exclusive discretion, for a one (1) year term. The compensation of the Municipal Prosecutor shall be determined by the governing body of Hamilton.
B. 
There shall be one Alternate Prosecutor for the Joint Municipal Court who shall be utilized in the event of conflicts or unavailability of the Prosecutor. The appointment and compensation of the Alternate Prosecutor shall be the responsibility of Hamilton, in its sole and exclusive discretion.

§ 52-8 Public Defender.

A. 
There shall be one Public Defender for the Joint Municipal Court who shall represent those defendants assigned by the Municipal Court Judge. The Municipal Public Defender for the Joint Municipal Court shall be selected by the governing body of Hamilton, in its sole and exclusive discretion, and hired for a one (1) year term. The compensation of the Municipal Public Defender shall be determined by the governing body of Hamilton.
B. 
There shall be one Alternate Public Defender of the Joint Municipal Court who shall be utilized in the event of conflicts or unavailability of the Public Defender. The appointment and compensation of the Alternate Public Defender shall be the responsibility of Hamilton, in its sole and exclusive discretion.