[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Northfield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Establishment
Article II Payment by Credit Card
[Adopted 12-21-1948 by Ord. No. 9-1948 (Ch. 12 of the 1974 Code)]
A Municipal Court for the City of Northfield, New Jersey, is established as of January 1, 1949, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq. and the amendments thereof and supplements thereto.
The name of the Municipal Court shall be "Municipal Court of Northfield."
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 of the City of Northfield with the advice and consent of the Council of the City of Northfield, and who shall serve for a term of three years from the date of his appointment and until his successor is appointed and qualified.
[Amended 2-5-1974 by Ord. No. 1-1974]
The Judge of the Municipal Court shall receive an annual salary to be provided for in the Salary Ordinance, which salary shall be in lieu of all fees, costs and any other allowances whatsoever.
Said Municipal Court and the Judge thereof shall have and exercise all the functions, powers, duties and jurisdictions conferred by the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq., as amended and supplemented, or by any other law.
[Amended 2-5-1974 by Ord. No. 1-1974; 5-9-2006 by Ord. No. 6-2006]
The Municipal Court shall be held in the City Hall. The Judge shall sit on Wednesday of each week from 9:00 a.m. until his court calendar is completed and at such other times as the business of the Court may require, subject to the rules applicable to municipal courts.
[Added 3-29-1994 by Ord. No. 4-94]
The City of Northfield hereby establishes a requirement that any person applying for representation by the Municipal Public Defender with respect to charges before the Northfield Municipal Court must pay an application fee of not more than $200. The Municipal Court may permit a person to pay the application fee over a period of time not to exceed four months.
[Amended 2-20-2001 by Ord. No. 1-2001]
The Municipal Court of the City of Northfield, acting through or by the Municipal Court Administrator or her designee, may waive or reduce the required application fee, in whole or in part, if the Court shall determine, in its sole discretion, that the application fee represents an unreasonable economic burden on the person seeking representation.
[Added 8-17-1999 by Ord. No. 11-99; amended 2-8-2005 by Ord. No. 2-2005]
All requests for discovery in matters pending in the City of Northfield Municipal Court shall be submitted through the Municipal Prosecutor.
The following fees shall be payable by the requestor to the City of Northfield for discovery provided:
For each of the first 10 pages photocopied: $0.75 per page.
For each of the next 10 pages photocopied: $0.50 per page.
For each of the pages photocopied thereafter: $0.50 per page.
Actual postage for any discovery sent by mail.
For the envelope for any discovery sent by mail: $0.25.
Photographs will be photocopied at the rates established herein. If requests are made for duplicate photographs, the actual cost of making the photographs shall be charged.
Duplication of videotapes constitutes an extraordinary duplication process and will be charged at the rate of $5 per videotape.
On any item that cannot be photocopied on the City copy machine or not otherwise provided for in this schedule, the actual cost incurred in making the copy shall be charged.
Where the discovery must be obtained from an entity other than the City of Northfield, e.g., another police department, the actual costs paid to the other entity shall be paid by the requestor.
[Adopted 3-21-2000 by Res. No. 51-2000 (Ch. 13 of the 1974 Code)]
The Mayor and Council do hereby authorize the Municipal Court Office to accept credit card payments for the payment of Municipal Court fees, fines and such other payments that may be due to the Municipal Court. The Mayor and Council do further authorize the Municipal Court to accept credit card payments of bail and such other payments that are to be made to the Municipal Court.
The use of credit cards for the payment is subject to the provision of N.J.A.C. 5:30-9.1 et seq. In regard to the Municipal Court, these payments are subject to the provisions of N.J.A.C. 5:30-9.1 as well as the Rules of Court adopted by the New Jersey Supreme Court, and such guidelines as the Supreme Court may adopt in regard to the acceptance of credit card payments for municipal court obligations.