municipal court


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municipal court

n. a lower court which usually tries criminal misdemeanors and civil lawsuits involving lesser amounts of money than superior, district or county courts. The authority, importance and geographical area covered differ from state to state. In California, municipal courts have county-wide jurisdiction, conduct preliminary hearings of felonies, and try cases up to $25,000, while in many states they only handle cases arising out of violations of city ordinances, traffic and/or small claims.

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As laid out in my Dissent, infra, there was tremendous concern by virtually all who testified before our Committee and indeed, by a clear majority of the committee itself, that not only the appearance of impropriety suffers when a judge one night is allowed to be a prosecutor in the same county another night and also even a defense lawyer in the same county on yet another night, it just is simply ineffectual (as evidenced by the fact that none ever do in these situations) to rely on the municipal court judge to recuse himself when he is facing either a judge he will appear before as prosecutor or when he is facing a defense lawyer he engaged in a heated debate with in his role as prosecutor.
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Magistrates and municipal court judges who are also attorneys are exempt.
In 1950, the City of Miami established, as part of its municipal court system, a jurisdictional district that served the black community.

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