2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 2b - Court Organization And Civil Code
Section 2B:12-21 - Officials Authorized To Act For Court
2B:12-21. Officials authorized to act for court
2B:12-21. Officials authorized to act for court. a. An administrator or deputy administrator of a municipal court, authorized by a judge of that court, may exercise the power of the municipal court to administer oaths for complaints filed with the municipal court and to issue warrants and summonses.
b. A police officer in charge of a police station, other than an officer who participated in the arrest of the defendant, may exercise the power of the municipal court to administer oaths for complaints filed with the municipal court. Any police officer may issue summonses related to such complaints and may as authorized by the Rules of the Court issue a summons in lieu of an arrest for an offense committed in the officer's presence.
c. The authority of the municipal court to set conditions of pre-trial release may be exercised by an administrator or deputy administrator of a municipal court who is authorized by the judge of that court, or by any police officer in charge of a police station, other than an officer who participated in the arrest of the defendant. The authority may be exercised only in accordance with bail schedules promulgated by the Administrative Office of the Courts or by the municipal court.
d. Except as otherwise provided by the Rules of Court, a person charged with a non-indictable offense shall be released on summons or personal recognizance without unnecessary delay and within 12 hours after arrest unless a judge or court administrator has set the conditions for pretrial release and the conditions remain unmet.
e. A person acting for a municipal court by authority of this section shall immediately file the complaint, warrant, summons or recognizance which was the subject of the action with the municipal court.
Source: N.J.S.2A:8-27; N.J.S.2A:8-28.
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