[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Blue Mounds 4-13-2011 by Ord. No. A-212 (Ch. 7 of the 2001 Village Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the authority granted by Wis. Stats., § 755.01 and Ch. 755, there is hereby established the Municipal Court for the Village of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin.
Pursuant to the authority granted by Wis. Stats., § 755.01, there is hereby created the office of Judge of the Municipal Court for the Village of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. The Municipal Judge shall reside in the Village of Blue Mounds.
Term. The Municipal Judge shall be elected at large in the spring election in odd-numbered years for a term of four years commencing May 1, 2011 and every May 1 succeeding his or her election or until a successor is elected and qualified. Midterm vacancies in the office of Municipal Judge shall be filled by appointment pursuant to Wis. Stats., § 8.50(4)(fm).
Nominations. All candidates for the position of Municipal Judge shall be nominated by nomination papers pursuant to Wis. Stats., §§ 8.05(4) and 8.10, as may be amended. In the event that more than two individuals are nominated for the office of Municipal Court Judge, a nonpartisan primary shall be held pursuant to Wis. Stats., § 8.05(4)-(5), as may be amended. The Village Clerk/Treasurer shall ensure that the Village complies with all applicable nomination and election laws including but not limited to Wis. Stats., §§ 5.58(1)(c), 5.60(1)-(2), 7.10(1)(a), and 8.10(6)(bm), as may be amended, and properly provides for the election of Municipal Judge pursuant to Wis. Stats., Ch. 755, as may be amended.
The Village may conduct a formal review of the Municipal Court during the first year of operation and no less than every two years thereafter. The Municipal Judge shall provide regular monthly status reports to the Board.
The Municipal Judge shall receive a salary based on a per court session. The court per session salary and administrative costs associated with such will be paid by the Village. No salary shall be paid to the Judge for any time during his/her term for which he/she has not executed and filed his/her official bond and oath as required by § 15-6 of this chapter.
Within 10 days after taking the oath prescribed by Wis. Stats., § 755.03, the Municipal Judge shall file with the Village Clerk/Treasurer the oath and a bond in the penal sum of $500, and shall file a certified copy of the oath with the Office of Director of State Courts.
The Municipal Judge shall have such jurisdiction as provided by law and Wis. Stats., §§ 755.045 and 755.05, and exclusive jurisdiction of violations of the Village's ordinances.
The Municipal Court shall be open daily or as determined by the Judge and approved by the Village Board.
The Municipal Judge shall keep his/her office and hold court in the municipal building or at such other place as the Village Board may designate. The facility must be adequate for these purposes and in an area separate from the police department by design or signage.
The procedure in Municipal Court shall be as provided by this chapter and state law including, but not excluding because of enumeration, Wis. Stats., Chs. 66, 345, 755, 800, and 814.
The Municipal Judge shall collect all forfeitures, fees, penalty assessments and costs in any action or proceeding before him/her and shall pay over such moneys to the Village Clerk/Treasurer not later than 30 days succeeding receipt thereof by the court.
Contempt of court and penalty. As provided in Wis. Stats., § 800.12(2), the Municipal Judge may impose a sanction for contempt of court, as defined in and in accordance with the procedures under Wis. Stats., § 800.12.
The Municipal Judge may impose a forfeiture for contempt under Wis. Stats., § 800.12(1), in an amount not to exceed $200, or upon nonpayment of the forfeiture, and penalty assessment, and jail assessment under Wis. Stats., § 302.46, and crime laboratories and drug law enforcement assessment under Wis. Stats., § 165.755, any applicable consumer information assessment under Wis. Stats., § 100.261, and any applicable domestic abuse assessment under Wis. Stats., § 973.055(1), a jail sentence not to exceed seven days.
The court established pursuant to this chapter shall not be abolished during a Municipal Judge's term, but may be abolished effective at the conclusion of a Municipal Judge's term by ordinance. If such ordinance is adopted, the Municipal Court shall have no jurisdiction to undertake new Municipal Court matters at the conclusion of the Municipal Judge's term.