[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Pleasantville as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Establishment
Article II Public Defender Services
[Adopted 6-7-1982 by Ord. No. 11-1982 as Art. I of Ch. 11 of the 1982 Code]
There is hereby established a Municipal Court, to be known as the "Municipal Court of Pleasantville."
The Municipal Court of the City shall have an Official Seal, which shall bear the impress of the name of the court, "Municipal Court of Pleasantville."
The Municipal Court of the City shall have a Judge, who shall be known as the "Municipal Judge." He shall have the qualifications required by law.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2B:12-7.
The Municipal Judge of the City shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council. He shall serve for a term of three years from the date of his appointment and until his successor is appointed and qualified.
The Municipal Judge shall be compensated by an annual salary as fixed by ordinance adopted by the Council. The compensation so paid shall be in lieu of any and all other fees.
The Municipal Court of the City and the Municipal Judge shall have, possess and exercise all the jurisdiction, powers, functions and duties which are or may be conferred by law and the applicable rules of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2B:12-16 et seq.
[Adopted 4-2-2012 by Ord. No. 4-2012]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former Art. II, Municipal Public Defender, adopted 2-23-1994 by Ord. No. 3-1994, as amended.
All persons applying for representation by the Pleasantville Municipal Public Defender must pay an application fee of not more than $200, but only in an amount necessary to pay the costs of Municipal Public Defender services. The Pleasantville Municipal Court may waive any required application fee, in whole or in part, if the Court determines, in its discretion, upon a clear and convincing showing by the applicant, that the application fee represents an unreasonable burden on the person seeking representation. The Pleasantville Municipal Court may permit a person to pay the application fee over a specific period of time not to exceed four months.
Funds collected pursuant to Subsection A of this section shall be deposited in a dedicated fund administered by the Chief Financial Officer of the City of Pleasantville. Such funds shall be used exclusively to meet the costs incurred in providing the services of a Municipal Public Defender, including, when required, expert and lay investigation and testimony.
In the event that it is determined by the Division of Local Government Services during its annual review of the municipal budget that the amount of money in a dedicated fund established pursuant to this section exceeds by more than 25% the amount which the municipality expended during the prior year providing the services of a Municipal Public Defender, the amount in excess of the amount expended shall be forwarded to the Criminal Disposition and Review Collection Fund administered by Victims of Crime Compensation Board.