Township of Hazlet, NJ
Monmouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hazlet 12-16-2014 by Ord. No. 1560-14.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administrative organization — See Ch. 5.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 24, Court, Joint Municipal, adopted 10-4-2011 by Ord. No. 1499-11, as amended.

§ 24-1 Joint Municipal Court of Hazlet, Keyport and Matawan abolished.

Effective January 1, 2015, or upon the approval of the Joint Municipal Court of Hazlet Township and Matawan by the State of New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts, the Joint Municipal Court of Hazlet, Keyport and Matawan is hereby abolished and §§ 24-1 through 24-16 of the Code of the Township of Hazlet are hereby repealed in their entirety and replaced by the following new sections establishing the Joint Municipal Court of Hazlet Township and Matawan Borough.

§ 24-2 Effective date of abolishment; transfer of pending matters.

The Joint Municipal Court shall be abolished and this chapter shall be effective on the latter of January 1, 2015, or upon approval of the Joint Municipal Court of Hazlet and Matawan by the State of New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts, and after due notice is given set forth in § 24-3. All summonses and other appropriate matters issuing or arising from the Township of Hazlet and the Borough of Matawan shall be processed in the Joint Municipal Court on and after the latter of January 1, 2015, or upon approval of the Joint Municipal Court of Hazlet and Matawan by the State of New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts, which remain pending.

§ 24-3 Notice.

Notice of repeal and abolishment of the Joint Municipal Court of Hazlet, Keyport and Matawan and establishment of the Joint Municipal Court of Hazlet and Matawan shall be given in writing to the Administrative Offices of the Courts and the Assignment Judge of the Monmouth Vicinage in writing and posted in the municipal buildings of the participating municipalities in a location where public notices are normally posted.

§ 24-4 Joint Municipal Court desired by participating parties.

The Mayor and governing bodies of the participating municipalities desire to establish a single Joint Municipal Court to be located in the Township of Hazlet.

§ 24-5 Approval of shared services agreement.

The Township of Hazlet hereby approves and agrees to the terms of the Shared Services Agreement for the Establishment of a Joint Municipal Court Between the Township of Hazlet and Borough of Matawan, to be incorporated herein by reference and expressly authorizes the Mayor and Clerk of the Township of Hazlet to execute the agreement on behalf of the Township.

§ 24-6 Joint Municipal Court established.

Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq., the Joint Municipal Court of Hazlet and Matawan is hereby established.

§ 24-7 Official seal.

The Municipal Court of Hazlet Township shall have an official seal which shall bear the impress of the name of the Court.

§ 24-8 Municipal judge; appointment and jurisdiction.

In accordance with N.J.S.A. 2B: 12-4, the Judge of the Joint Municipal Court shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate and shall have the qualifications required by law and shall serve for a term of three years from the date of his/her appointment and until his/her successor has been appointed and has qualified. The compensation of a judge shall be an annual salary as is now or hereinafter may be provided by ordinance and in accordance with the terms of the Shared Services Agreement for the Establishment of a Joint Municipal Court Between the Township of Hazlet and the Borough of Matawan.

§ 24-9 Territorial Jurisdiction.

The territorial jurisdiction of the Joint Municipal Court shall be coextensive with the territory of the Township of Hazlet and Borough of Matawan.

§ 24-10 Municipal Court Administrator.

There shall be a Municipal Court Administrator who shall be appointed as provided by this chapter and in accordance with the terms of the Shared Services Agreement for the Establishment of a Joint Municipal Court Between the Township of Hazlet and the Borough of Matawan.

§ 24-11 Municipal Prosecutor.

The Joint Municipal Court Prosecutor shall be appointed in the manner provided by this chapter and in accordance with the terms of the Shared Services Agreement for the Establishment of a Joint Municipal Court Between the Township of Hazlet and the Borough of Matawan. The Municipal Prosecutor shall have jurisdiction, powers and duties prescribed by N.J.S.A 2B:25-1 et seq.

§ 24-12 Municipal Public Defender.

A. 
Appointment. The Joint Municipal Court Public Defender shall be appointed in the manner provided by this chapter and in accordance with the terms of the Shared Services Agreement for the Establishment of a Joint Municipal Court Between the Township of Hazlet and the Borough of Matawan.
B. 
Representation. Any person applying to the Joint Municipal Court for representation by a Municipal Public Defender shall, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2B:24-1 et seq., pay an application fee of not more than $200, but only in an amount determined by the Municipal Court judge necessary to pay the costs of the municipal public defender services. The Municipal Court may waive said application fee in whole or in part if the court determines, in its discretion, that the application fee represents an unreasonable burden on the person seeking representation. Said determination shall be made in accordance with the applicable provisions under the law.

§ 24-13 Repealer.

All ordinances or parts of ordinances or resolutions inconsistent or in opposition to the provisions of this chapter are hereby repealed in their entirety.

§ 24-14 Severability.

If any provision of this chapter or the application of this chapter to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of this chapter shall not be affected and shall remain in full force and effect.

§ 24-15 Effective date.

This chapter shall take effect on January 1, 2015, or as authorized by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts or as otherwise provided by law and upon adoption of a substantially similar ordinance by the Borough of Matawan.