City of Hoboken, NJ
Hudson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Hoboken 5-1-1996 by Ord. No. R-182. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 21-1 Establishment.

A. 
A Municipal Court for the City of Hoboken is hereby established pursuant to the New Jersey Statutes.
B. 
The name of the Municipal Court shall be the "Hoboken Municipal Court."
C. 
The Municipal Court shall have a seal that shall bear the imprint of the name of the Court.
D. 
The Municipal Court shall have, possess and exercise the functions, powers, duties and jurisdiction conferred by the laws of the State of New Jersey and by the New Jersey Court Rules.

§ 21-2 Municipal Court Judge.

[Amended 5-5-2010 by Ord. No. Z-36]
There is hereby created the Office of Municipal Court Judge, which shall consist of two Municipal Court Judges. Before the appointment of a second Judge, the City shall obtain the consent of the assignment Judge of Hudson County pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2B:-5.
One of the two Judges shall be designated the Chief Judge, who will be responsible for all supervisory and administrative functions of the Municipal Court. Each Municipal Court Judge shall be an attorney-at-law of the State of New Jersey and shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council and for the term of three years from the date of appointment and until a successor is appointed and qualified. The salary of each Municipal Court Judge shall be fixed by ordinance adopted.

§ 21-3 Municipal Court Director.

A. 
There is hereby created the unclassified position of Municipal Court Director who shall be appointed by the Business Administrator without a term. The Municipal Court Director shall direct the administrative functions of the Municipal Court, including but not limited to the Court Clerk's office and the Violations Bureau. The Municipal Court Director shall also be responsible for all administrative and financial functions of all sections of the Municipal Court.
B. 
The Municipal Court Director shall be appointed by the Business Administrator, on the basis of education and Municipal Court experience in all its functions.
C. 
The Municipal Court Director shall function under the direct supervision of the Municipal Court Judge. The Municipal Court Director shall be a managerial salaried position with a forty-hour work week.

§ 21-4 Municipal Court Administrator.

There is hereby created the position of Municipal Court Administrator, who shall serve as clerk to the Court under the supervision of the Municipal Court Judge and the Municipal Court Director and shall be appointed by the Business Administrator subject to the requirements of the Department of Personnel of the State of New Jersey. The Municipal Court Administrator shall be a supervisory position with a forty-hour work week.

§ 21-5 Deputy Municipal Court Administrator.

There is hereby created the position of Deputy Municipal Court Administrator, who shall serve as a direct assistant to the Court Administrator and shall function as Administrator in the event of the Clerk's absence or disability. The Deputy Court Administrator shall be appointed by the Business Administrator subject to the requirements of the Department of Personnel in the State of New Jersey.

§ 21-6 Violations Clerk.

There is hereby created the position of Violations Clerk, who shall supervise the Violations Bureau of the Municipal Court in the processing of summonses and the collection of fines. The Violations Clerk shall be responsible to the Municipal Court Director. The Violations Clerk shall be appointed by the Business Administrator subject to requirements of the Department of Personnel of the State of New Jersey. Any new appointments to the position of Violations Clerk after the adoption of this Article shall be a supervisory position with a forty-hour work week.

§ 21-7 Assistant Violations Clerks.

There are hereby created the positions of Assistant Violations Clerks, who shall serve as direct assistants to the Violations Clerk and one of whom shall act as Violations Clerk in the absence or disability of the Violations Clerk as assigned by the Municipal Court Director. The Assistant Violations Clerks shall be appointed by the Business Administrator subject to the requirements of the Department of Personnel of the State of New Jersey.

§ 21-8 Clerical staff.

There are hereby created the clerical positions of clerk, senior clerk, clerk-typist, senior clerk-typist, cashier/clerk and account clerk assigned to the Municipal Court. Said clerical staff shall be appointed by the Business Administrator subject to the rules and regulations of the New Jersey Department of Personnel and shall be assigned to perform clerical functions in the Municipal Court as directed by the Municipal Court Director. The clerical personnel shall be limited by the budgetary constraints of the municipality.

§ 21-9 Interpreters.

A. 
The Business Administrator may appoint an interpreter on a part-time basis in accordance with the rules and regulations of the New Jersey Department of Personnel to provide the Municipal Court with interpreting services as required for the proper function of the Municipal Court. Interpreters shall be evaluated by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
B. 
The Municipal Court Director may as part of the function of that office provide the Municipal Court with services of interpreters of language or hearing disability as required for the proper function of the Municipal Court. Retaining and payment of said services shall be done in accordance with the provisions of the Purchasing Ordinance of the City of Hoboken.

§ 21-10 Personnel and administrative matters concerning the Municipal Court.

The following persons employed or assigned in the Municipal Court shall be assigned to the Department of Administration: Municipal Court Director, Municipal Court Administrator, Deputy Municipal Court Administrator, Violations Clerk, Assistant Violations Clerk, clerical staff and interpreters. This assignment is for nonjudicial purposes only, such as hours, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment only, and budgetary matters. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to assign the Municipal Court Judge to the Department of Administration or any other Department. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to vest in the Municipal Court Judge appointment power within the Municipal Court or any other nonjudicial administrative functions.

§ 21-11 Property and records.

There is hereby transferred and assigned to the Municipal Court all the property, books, papers and records relating to matters heretofore in the Department of Administration of the City of Hoboken, including the Municipal Court Administrator's records and the Violations Clerk's records.

§ 21-12 Repealer.

Sections 4-21 through 4-33, inclusive, of the Code of the City of Hoboken, dealing with the Municipal Court and personnel therein, are hereby repealed.