City of Sweeny, Texas

CITY CHARTER

 

ARTICLE VI.  MUNICIPAL COURT

Sec. 6.01. Municipal Court.

There shall be a court known as the "Municipal Court of the City of Sweeny, Texas," for the trial of misdemeanor offenses with all powers and duties as are granted and prescribed by the Laws of the State of Texas.

Sec. 6.02. Judge of the Municipal Court.

The office of Judge of the Municipal Court shall be an elective office, for a term of two years, such term to run concurrently with that of the Mayor. The Judge of the Municipal Court may be removed from office by majority vote of the City Council for incompetency, misconduct or malfeasance.

In the event the Judge of the Municipal Court is temporarily unable to act for any reason, the City Council may appoint a qualified person to act in his or her place. The Judge, or anyone acting in his or her place, shall receive such compensation as may be set by the City Council.

The City Council shall have the power to create and establish additional Municipal Courts, and to provide for more than one Judge of each Municipal Court, whether one or more, each of whom shall be a magistrate.

Sec. 6.03. Clerk of the Municipal Court.

The City Secretary shall be the Clerk of the Municipal Court. He or she shall have the power to administer oaths and affidavits, make certificates, affix the seal of the Court thereto, and otherwise perform any and all acts necessary in issuing process of such Court and conducting the business thereof.

There shall be such deputy clerks of the Municipal Court as may be authorized by the City Council, which deputy clerks shall have authority to act for and on behalf of the Clerk of the Municipal Court.

Sec. 6.04. Costs, Process, and Procedure in the Municipal Court.

The City Council shall determine what costs, if any, shall be charged for proceedings in and for processes issued by the Court.

The style of all writs issued out of the Municipal Court shall be in the name of the "City of Sweeny."

All jurors shall be residents of the City and shall otherwise possess the same qualifications as jurors in the State courts, and, they shall be summoned in the same manner as provided for in Justice Courts.