Borough of Paramus, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Paramus 5-14-1969 by Ord. No. 608 (Ch. 16 of the 1969 Code); amended in its entirety 1-25-2005 by Ord. No. 05-1. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Legal Department  —  See Ch. 81.
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1, there shall be established, or reestablished, as the case may be, within the Borough a municipal court to be known as the “Municipal Court of the Borough of Paramus," which Court shall constitute an independent branch of the municipal government, and funded by and through the municipal budget of the Borough of Paramus. The Municipal Court of the Borough of Paramus shall constitute a court of inferior jurisdiction and shall be subject to the jurisdictional limitations imposed by virtue of N.J.S.A. 2B:12-1 et seq.
The Municipal Court shall have a seal, which shall bear the impress of the name of the Court.
A. 
There shall be a Chief Judge of the Municipal Court of the Borough of Paramus, who shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Borough Council. The Chief Judge shall serve for a term of three years from the date of appointment and until a successor is appointed and qualified. The Municipal Court of the Borough of Paramus shall be principally administered by the Chief Judge who, in addition to the judicial functions of the Court, shall be responsible for the administration of all court-related duties, including the preparation of the Court's proposed annual budget, as well as the administration of all court staff and facilities.
B. 
In addition to the Chief Judge, there shall be an Associate Judge of the Municipal Court of the Borough of Paramus, who shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Borough Council. The Associate Judge shall serve for a term of three years from the date of appointment and until a successor is appointed and qualified. The Associate Judge shall administer those duties and perform those judicial functions as may be, from time to time, directed by the Chief Judge.
The persons appointed as Chief Judge and Associate Judge of the Municipal Court of the Borough of Paramus shall have the following qualifications:
A. 
Be a resident of the State of New Jersey and an attorney at law in good standing and admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey for at least five years prior to the time of appointment. The judicial appointee need not be a resident of the Borough of Paramus.
B. 
Be a person who is qualified under any law or court rule to hold the office of Municipal Court Judge, as that office is defined by N.J.S.A. 2B:12-4.
The Chief Judge and Associate Judge of the Municipal Court shall be compensated by an annual salary in lieu of any and all other fees, costs and allowances.
A. 
The Municipal Court shall have a Court Administrator who shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Council.
[Amended 8-10-2009 by Ord. No. 09-17]
B. 
The Court Administrator shall be compensated by an annual salary which shall be fixed and paid in the manner provided by ordinance adopted by the Borough Council. The Court Administrator shall serve for a term of one year from the date of his appointment and until a successor is appointed and qualified.
C. 
The Municipal Court shall also have a Deputy Court Administrator and such other Municipal Court personnel as may be deemed to be necessary by the Chief Judge. The Deputy Court Administrator and such other Municipal Court personnel shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Borough Council. The Deputy Court Administrator and such other Municipal Court personnel shall serve for terms of one year from the date of their appointments and until their successors are appointed and qualified. The Deputy Court Administrator and such other Municipal Court personnel shall perform such duties and services pertaining to the Court and the business thereof as may be designated, from time to time, by the Chief Judge. The Deputy Court Administrator and such other Municipal Court personnel shall be compensated by an annual salary which shall be fixed and paid in the manner provided by ordinance adopted by the Borough Council.
D. 
In addition to the duties, services and responsibilities set forth above, the Court Administrator, Deputy Court Administrator and such other Municipal Court personnel as may be deemed necessary by the Chief Judge shall attend all sessions of the Municipal Court and the examinations, trials and proceedings conducted therein.
A. 
Each person submitting to the Paramus Municipal Court an application fee for representation by the attorneys-at-law paid as public defenders by the Borough of Paramus shall be required to pay to the Paramus Municipal Court an application fee of between $50 and $200, which fee shall be nonrefundable and kept by the Court regardless of whether the application is approved and counsel supplied.
[Amended 5-24-2011 by Ord. No. 11-17]
B. 
The Judge of the Municipal Court may waive any required application fee, in whole or in part, if the Judge determines, in his or her discretion, that the application fee represents an unreasonable burden on the person seeking representation under the circumstances of that person's particular case.