[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Trenton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-7-1989 as Title 2, Ch. 11 of the 1989 Code]
There is created and established a Municipal Court, to be designated as the "Mid-Moraine Municipal Court," under the provisions of Ch. 755, Wis. Stats., and pursuant to the Agreement for the Operation of the Municipal Court for Washington County, as amended ("Agreement"), a copy of which is on file with the Town Clerk.
The Municipal Court shall be under the jurisdiction of and presided over by a Municipal Judge, who shall be an attorney licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and who resides in any of the member municipalities as defined in the Agreement. The Municipal Judge shall be elected at large in the spring election for a term of two years commencing on May 1 of the year of his/her election. The governing bodies of the member municipalities shall provide for a primary election in the event that more than two candidates file nomination papers for the position of Municipal Judge.
The amount of the bond required by § 755.03(1), Wis. Stats., shall be as shown on the schedule of deposits, bonds and fees.
Editor's Note: The current schedule is on file at the Town Clerk's office.
The Municipal Court shall be open at such times as the Municipal Judge determines, subject to the Agreement.
The Municipal Judge may impose a forfeiture for contempt of court and a jail sentence for nonpayment of the forfeiture and any applicable assessments, under § 800.12(2), Wis. Stats.
This article shall be construed to limit neither the jurisdiction of the Municipal Court nor the authority of the Municipal Court to impose penalties under the Wisconsin Statutes.
[Adopted 1-19-2010 by Ord. No. 01-01-2010]
This article is adopted pursuant to the provisions of Wis. Stats. §§ 814.70, 814.705, and 814.71.
On November 18, 2009, the Attorney General for the State of Wisconsin rendered an opinion, identified as OAG 8-09, that a municipal plaintiff is allowed to tax costs against the defendant in Municipal Court for actual service or execution by its municipal personnel of each warrant or commitment order issued by its Municipal Court in a legal action. The purpose of this article is to implement the authority recognized by the Wisconsin Statutes and the Attorney General.
Service fees. Pursuant to the provisions of Wis. Stats. §§ 814.70, 814.705 and 814.71, the Town of Trenton Police Department shall charge a service fee of $35 when the Town police serve a warrant or commitment order upon a person. The person served with the warrant or commitment order shall be responsible for the payment of the warrant or commitment order service fee. The service fee may be collected as a Court cost through the Court.
Multiple warrants. The Town of Trenton Police Department shall charge a separate fee for each warrant or commitment order served on a person.
Disposition of fees. Upon collection by the Court, all warrant or commitment order service fees shall be forwarded by the Court to the Town Treasurer.