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488A.19 Judges.

Subdivision 1. Number of judges. There are 11 judges of the municipal court of the county of Ramsey.

Subd. 2. Repealed, 1993 c 318 art 2 s 51

Subd. 3. Term; vacancies; appointments and election. (a) Each elected judge holds office for six years beginning the first Monday in January next succeeding the judge's election.

(b) Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of judge the governor shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy, to hold office until a successor is elected and qualified. The successor shall be elected for a six-year term at the next general election occurring more than one year after such appointment.

(c) At the general election immediately preceding the expiration of an elected judge's term the qualified voters of the county of Ramsey shall elect a successor.

(d) Each judge holds a separate nonpartisan office.

(e) When one or more judges of the court are to be nominated or elected at an election, the notice of election shall state the name of each judge whose successor is to be nominated or elected. The official ballot shall contain the names of all candidates for each such office, state the number of judges to be elected and the number of candidates for whom an elector may vote, and designate each candidacy as "For the office of Judge of the Municipal Court of the county of Ramsey to which .......(Name of Judge)....... was elected for the regular term," or "For the office of Judge of the Municipal Court of the county of Ramsey to which .......(Name of Judge)....... was appointed," as the case may be. The official ballots shall show in the spaces for the purpose the name of the judge whose successor is to be elected. When any judge is a candidate again, the word "incumbent" shall be printed after the judge's name where it appears among the names of the candidates for the office. When voting machines are used and such statements cannot be inserted in full, the designation shall be "Successor to .......(Name of Judge) ...... (elected)," or "Successor to .......(Name of Judge)....... (appointed)," as the case may be.

(f) Each person desiring to have the person's name placed upon the primary ballot as a candidate for judge shall state in an affidavit of candidacy the office of the particular judge for which the person is a candidate. The filing of this affidavit with the county auditor and a compliance with all other requirements constitutes such person a candidate for that office, and for that office only. No person shall at any election be a candidate for more than one such office.

Subd. 4. Repealed, 1973 c 708 s 37

Subd. 5. Powers. The judges have the general powers of judges of courts of record and all powers necessary to effectuate the purposes of sections 488A.18 to 488A.34. Each judge may administer oaths and take and certify acknowledgments. Each judge is a conservator of the peace and has all powers and authority vested in it by statute or court rule.

Subd. 6. Contempt of court. Any judge has the power to punish for contempt of court by a fine not exceeding $300 or by imprisonment in the county jail or city workhouse not exceeding 90 days, or both.

Subd. 7. Court rules. A majority of the judges may promulgate rules of court consistent with this act. Unless the rule forbids, a judge may waive its application.

Subd. 8. Repealed, 1977 c 432 s 49

Subd. 9. Repealed, 1977 c 432 s 49

Subd. 10. Salaries. Each judge shall be paid by the state an annual salary in the amount prescribed by section 15A.083. If a judge dies, the amount of the judge's salary remaining unpaid for the month in which the death occurs shall be paid to the judge's estate. Each judge shall be paid expenses by the state in the same manner and amount as provided for judges of the district court in section 484.54.

HIST: 1961 c 436 s 2; 1963 c 736 s 1; 1963 c 878 s 1; 1965 c 695 s 2; 1967 c 747 s 2,3; 1969 c 729 s 1,2; Ex1971 c 4 s 3; Ex1971 c 30 s 1; 1973 c 708 s 5-7; 1974 c 397 s 17-19; 1977 c 35 s 17; 1977 c 432 s 38; 1983 c 359 s 71; 1986 c 444