[Ord. No. 217 §1(370.010), 4-20-2005]
The Municipal Court shall establish a Violations Bureau to assist the court with the clerical work of traffic cases. The Bureau shall be in charge of such person or persons and shall be open at such hours as the Municipal Judge may designate.
The Judge of the Municipal Court who hears traffic cases shall designate the specified offenses under this law or under the traffic ordinances of the City and the State traffic law in accordance with Supreme Court Rules in respect to which payments of fines may be accepted by the Violations Bureau satisfaction thereof and shall specify suitable schedules the amount of such fines for first (1st), second (2nd) and subsequent offenses, provided such fines are within the limits declared by law or ordinance and shall further specify what number of such offenses shall require appearance before the court.
Any person charged with an offense for which payment of a fine may be made to the Violations Bureau shall have the option of paying such fine within the time specified in the notice of arrest at the Violations Bureau upon entering a plea of guilty and upon waiving appearance in court or may have the option of depositing required lawful bail and, upon a plea of not guilty, shall be entitled to a trial as authorized by law.
The payment of a fine to the Bureau shall be deemed an acknowledgement of conviction of the alleged offense, and the Bureau, upon accepting the prescribed fine, shall issue a receipt to the violator acknowledging payment thereof.
The following duties are hereby imposed upon the Violations Bureau in reference to traffic offenses:
It shall accept designated fines, issue receipts and represent in court such violators as are permitted and desire to plead guilty, waive court appearance and give power of attorney;
It shall receive and issue receipts for cash bail from the persons who must or wish to be heard in court, enter the time of their appearance on the court docket, and notify the arresting officer and witnesses, if any, to be present.
The Violations Bureau shall keep records and submit to the judges hearing violations of City ordinances summarized monthly reports of all notices issued and arrests made for violations of the traffic laws and ordinances in the City and of all the fines collected by the Violations Bureau or the court and of the final disposition or present status of every case of violation of the provisions of said laws and ordinances. Such records shall be so maintained as to show all types of violations and the totals of each. Said records shall be public records.
The Violations Bureau shall follow such procedure as may be prescribed by the traffic ordinances of the City or as may be required by any laws of this State.