CHAPTER IX. MUNICIPAL COURTCHAPTER IX. MUNICIPAL COURT\ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

There is hereby established a municipal court for the City of Mount Hope, Kansas.  The municipal court shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine cases involving violations of the ordinances of the city.

(Code 1994)

The Kansas code of procedure for municipal courts, as set forth in K.S.A. 12-4101 et seq. and all acts amendatory or supplemental thereto shall govern the practice and procedure in all cases in the municipal court.

(Ord. 89-7-11A, Sec. 1; Code 1994)

Municipal court shall be held in the municipal courtroom in the city hall building on such days and at such hours as the municipal judge designates.

(Code 1994)

The municipal court shall be presided over by a municipal judge.  The mayor, subject to the approval of the city council, shall appoint the judge of the municipal court.

(Code 1994)

In the event the municipal judge is temporarily unable to preside due to absence, illness or disqualification, the municipal judge shall designate an attorney or other qualified person to act as judge pro tempore.  In the event the municipal judge fails to appoint a judge pro tempore, the judge pro tempore shall be appointed in the same manner as the municipal judge is selected.  The judge pro tempore shall receive compensation as shall be provided by ordinance, payable in the same manner as the compensation of the regular municipal judge.

In the event a vacancy shall occur in the office of municipal judge, a successor shall be appointed to fill the unexpired term in the same manner as the municipal judge was appointed.

(K.S.A. 12-4107; Code 1994)

The municipal judge shall have such powers and duties as set forth in the Kansas code of procedure for municipal courts (K.S.A. 12-4101 et seq.) and all acts amendatory or supplemental thereto.

(Code 1994)

The municipal judge shall receive a salary as shall be fixed by ordinance.

(Code 1994)

There is hereby established the office of the clerk of the municipal court of the City of Mount Hope, Kansas, which office shall be filled by appointment by the municipal judge of the municipal court. The duties of the office shall be those prescribed by the Code for Municipal Courts set forth in Chapter 12, Article 41 of the Kansas Statutes, and shall include the following duties:

(a)   The clerk shall issue all process of the court, administer oaths, file and preserve all papers, docket cases and set same for trial and shall perform such further acts as may be necessary to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the court.  The clerk shall receive, account for and pay to the city treasurer monthly all fines and forfeited bonds paid into the court. The clerk shall make reports to the judicial administrator and furnish the information when requested by him, her or a departmental justice on such forms furnished by the judicial administrator, and approved by the supreme court. The clerk shall also serve as:

(1)   the City Probation Officer, and

(2)   the Diversion Coordinator and is charged with the implementation of the diversion program. Diversion Agreements must be approved by the City Prosecutor.

(b)   The clerk of the municipal court shall within 10 days after selection and before entering upon the duties of office, execute to the city such bond as the governing body may require, which shall be approved by the governing body, and file in the office of the city clerk, conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties required of him or her by law, and for the faithful application and payment of all moneys that may come into his or her hands in the execution of the duties of the office. The city shall pay the cost of such bond.

(c)   The monthly salary of the clerk shall be fixed by ordinance.

(d)   A majority of all members of the council may remove the clerk appointed under the authority of this article, or for good cause the mayor may temporarily suspend any such appointed clerk.

(K.S.A. Supp. 12-4108; Code 1994; Ord. 97-2003; Ord. 110-2004)

Where a municipal court judgment against any person results in a fine and/or court costs only, the same shall be satisfied by paying the amount of such fine and/or court costs to the municipal court immediately on the rendition of judgment, or at such time as the  tax in part or in whole.

It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully fail to pay any lawfully imposed fine for a violation of any law of the city within the time authorized by the court and without lawful excuse having been presented to the court on or before the date the fine is due.  Such conduct constitutes a violation of this article, regardless of the full payment of the fine after such time.

(Code 1994)

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person charged with violation of any law of the city to fail to appear before the municipal court when so scheduled to appear, unless lawful excuse for absence is presented to the court on or before the time and date scheduled for appearance.

(b)   For the purpose of subsection (a), failure to appear shall include willfully incurring a forfeiture of an appearance bond and failure to surrender oneself within 30 days following the date of such forfeiture by one who is charged with a violation of the laws of the city and has been released on bond for appearance before the municipal court for trial or other proceeding prior to conviction, or willfully incurring a forfeiture of an appearance bond and failing to surrender oneself within 30 days after his or her conviction of a violation of the laws of the city has become final by one who has been released on an appearance bond by any court of this state.

(c)   Any person who is released upon his or her own recognizance, without surety, or who fails to appear in response to a summons, notice to appear, or traffic citation duly served upon him or her personally shall be deemed a person released on bond for appearance within the meaning of subsection (b) of this section.

(d)   Failure to appear, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by incarceration for up to 30 days and/or a fine of up to $250.

(Code 1994)

In all cases in which a person is charged in the Municipal Court of Mount Hope with a violation of any Ordinance of the City and such person is adjudged guilty of any violation or enters a plea of guilty or no contest to such violation, such person shall be assessed court costs in the amount of $110 for all non-traffic Class A and B Misdemeanors and $85 for all other violations, in addition to any fine or penalty assessed to such person. No person shall be assessed any other court costs for the administration of justice in any Municipal Court case, except for witness fees, and mileage as set forth in KSA 12-4411, and amendments thereto; and for the assessment for the Judicial Branch Education Fund, as set forth in KSA 20-1a 11, and amendments thereto; and for the assessment required by KSA 12-4114 and amendments thereto for the Law Enforcement Training Center Fund, established pursuant to KSA 74-5619, and amendments thereto; and the Local Law Enforcement Training Reimbursement Fund established pursuant to KSA 74-5620, and amendments thereto; and the Juvenile Detention Facilities Fund, as established pursuant to KSA 79-4803, and amendments thereto, and the Protection from Abuse Fund established pursuant to KSA 74-7325, and amendments thereto; and the Crime Victims Assistance Fund established pursuant to KSA 74-7334, and amendments thereto; and the Trauma Fund established pursuant to KSA 2005 Supp. 75-5670, an amendments thereto, as provided in KSA 12-4117 and amendments thereto; and for the assessment required by KSA12-16,119 and amendments thereto, for the detention facilities processing fee.

(Charter Ord. No. 12-1995; Ord. 47-1998; Ord. 94-2002; Ord. 97-2003; Ord. 110-2004; Ord. 131-2006; Ord. 142-2007; Code 2013; Ord. 207-2014)

All bills which are determined to be bad debt and turned over for outside collection, including the State of Kansas setoff program, shall be subject to a fee of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total of the delinquent amount. This bad debt administration charge shall be applied prior to referral for collection.

(Ord. 167-2009; Code 2013)