2011 GAB 03 - Municipal Courts

Please see the attachment above for the full opinion.

Based upon the above opinion, the Government Accountability Board advises:

  1. Regarding the first municipality, the term of the write-in candidate elected in April of 2011 must be completed before abolishment of the office can become effective. The municipality may begin the action of abolishing the court, by ordinance or bylaw, which must be completed before the Type A Notice is published for the next Spring Election at which the office would be on the ballot.
  2. Regarding the second municipality, any abolishment of the municipal court will not be effective until the end of the term of the municipal judge elected in April of 2011. The Village may begin the action of abolishing the court, by ordinance or bylaw, which must be completed before the Type A Notice is published for the next Spring Election at which the office is on the ballot.