[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Weyauwega 3-10-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-3. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Citations — See Ch. 23.
Elections — See Ch. 39.
Ethics — See Ch. 47.
Records — See Ch. 136.
Editor's Note: This ordinance was originally adopted as Ch. 371 but was renumbered for organizational purposes.
Pursuant to Chapter 755, Wisconsin Statutes, there is hereby created and established a Joint Municipal Court designated the "New London - Weyauwega Joint Municipal Court" (hereinafter a.k.a. "Joint Municipal Court") for the City of New London and the City of Weyauwega (hereinafter a.k.a. member municipalities) presided over by a Municipal Judge.
The purpose of said Municipal Court Committee (hereinafter a.k.a. Committee) shall be to facilitate the orderly administration and communication between the Municipal Judge and the governing bodies of the member municipalities.
Pursuant to Chapter 755, Wisconsin Statutes, the office of Municipal Judge is hereby created.
Qualifications: The Joint Municipal Court shall be under the jurisdiction of and presided over by a Municipal Judge who resides in one of the member municipalities.
Bond and oath: The Municipal Judge shall, after election or appointment to fill a vacancy, take and file the Official Oath as prescribed in § 757.02, Wis. Stats., pursuant to § 755.03, Wis. Stats., with the Clerk of Circuit Court for Waupaca County, and at the same time shall execute and file an official bond. The Municipal Judge shall not act until the oath and bond have been filed as required by § 19.01(4)(c), Wis. Stats., and the requirements of § 755.03 have been complied with.
Salary: The initial salary of the Municipal Judge shall be the salary in effect at the time of the adoption of this chapter. The salary of said judge shall be paid by the City of New London.
Term: The Municipal Judge shall be elected at large in the spring election for a four-year term, commencing on May 1 succeeding his or her election. All candidates seeking to be elected for the position of Municipal Judge shall be nominated by nomination papers as provided in § 8.10, Wis. Stats., and selection at a primary election if such is held as provided in § 8.11, Wis. Stats. The City of New London City Clerk shall serve as the filing officer for the candidates.
Electors: Electors of the member municipalities shall be eligible to vote for the Municipal Judge of the Joint Municipal Court.
Pursuant to Chapter 755.10, Wisconsin Statutes, the Office of the Clerk of the Joint Municipal Court is hereby created.
Employees: The Judge shall, in writing, appoint the Clerk and Deputy Clerk of the Joint Municipal Court.
Salaries: Training and compensation of said Clerk(s) shall be as determined by the governing body of the City of New London. The initial salaries shall be the salaries that are in effect at the time of the adoption of this chapter. The salaries of said Clerks shall be paid by the City of New London.
Bond and oath: The Clerk of Municipal Court and/or Deputy Clerk shall, before entering upon the duties of the office, take and file the official oath as prescribed in § 19.01, Wis. Stats., with the City Clerk of the City of New London and at the same time shall execute and file an official bond. The New London City Clerk will provide file copies to the municipal Clerk of the City of Weyauwega.
The Joint Municipal Court shall have jurisdiction over incidents as provided in Article VII, § 14 of the Wisconsin Constitution, §§ 755.045 and 755.05, Wis. Stats., and as other provided by state law. In addition, it shall have exclusive jurisdiction over actions in the member municipalities who seek to impose forfeitures for violations of municipal ordinances, resolutions and by-laws.
The Municipal Judge may issue civil warrants to enforce matters under the jurisdiction of the Joint Municipal Court under §§ 755.045(2) and 66.0119, Wis. Stats.
The Joint Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juvenile offenders when a member municipality enacts an ordinance under the authority of § 938.17(2)(cm), Wis. Stats.
The Municipal Judge may impose punishment and sentences as provided by Chapters 800 and 938, Wis. Stats., and as provided in the ordinances of the member municipalities.
The Joint Municipal Court shall be located in the City of New London.
The procedure in Joint Municipal Court shall be provided by the Wisconsin State Statutes and Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules.
The Clerk of the Joint Municipal Court shall make daily deposits of all forfeitures, fees, penalties, assessments and costs collected in any action or proceeding before the Joint Municipal Court. These deposits will be made to a designated bank account as determined by the Common Council of the City of New London. The City of New London shall be entitled to retain all court costs.
The City of New London shall retain all court costs associated with citations issued within the City of New London by the City of New London Police Department. The Joint Municipal Clerk shall, on a quarterly basis, pay to the City of Weyauwega all forfeitures due for citations written in the City of Weyauwega.
The Municipal Judge may impose a sanction as authorized under § 800.12(2), Wis. Stats., for contempt of court as defined in § 785.01(1), Wis. Stats., in accordance with the procedures under § 785.03, Wis. Stats.
The Joint Municipal Court hereby established shall not be abolished while the agreement pursuant to § 755.01(4), Wis. Stats., is in effect.