There is hereby created the position of a Municipal Public Defender who shall be appointed by the governing body. The governing body may appoint a Chief Municipal Public Defender and such Deputy Municipal Public Defenders as may be determined by the Borough to be necessary. The Municipal Public Defender, Chief Municipal Public Defender or Deputy Municipal Public Defender shall be appointed for a term of one year from the date of appointment, or as provided in a shared services agreement, and may continue to serve in office pending reappointment or appointment of a successor.
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 2B:24-1 et seq., the Municipal Public Defender and any Deputy Municipal Public Defenders shall be qualified as attorneys at law of the State of New Jersey in good standing and shall represent those defendants appearing in Municipal Court who are determined by the Court to be indigent and whose representation is assigned to the Municipal Public Defender by the Court. The Municipal Public Defender and any Deputy Municipal Public Defenders shall have all of the duties provided by N.J.S.A. 2B:24-1 et seq., in the representation of indigent defendants in proceedings over which the Municipal Court has jurisdiction.
The Municipal Public Defender, Chief Municipal Public Defender or Deputy Municipal Public Defender shall be compensated in the manner established by the separate salary ordinance of the Borough from time to time adopted, or professional services contract from time to time authorized by resolution of the Borough, or as set forth in a shared services agreement establishing a shared municipal court.