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(a) There shall be established and maintained a court designated as a “Municipal Court” for the trial of misdemeanor offenses, with all such powers and duties as are now or hereafter prescribed by the laws of the State of Texas relative to such court.
(b) The Judge of said Court shall be a qualified voter of Brazoria County, Texas appointed by the City Council, shall hold such office at the pleasure of the City Council, and shall receive such salary as may be fixed by the City Council.
(Amendment adopted by electorate 5-8-10)
(c) The City Manager shall appoint and when necessary for the welfare of the City, remove the Municipal Court Clerk and any Deputy Municipal Court Clerks but the number of deputies and the salary of the clerk and all deputies shall be fixed by the City Council.
(d) The Clerk of said Court and his deputies shall have the power to administer oaths and affidavits, make certificates, affix the seal of said Court thereto, and generally do and perform any and all acts usual and necessary by the Clerk of Courts in issuing process of said Courts and conducting the business thereof.
(e) At the request of the Judge of said Court, the City Council may appoint one or more Associate Judges for said Court to sit concurrently with the Judge of said Court. An Associate Judge of said Court shall have the same qualifications as the Judge of said Court, shall serve at the pleasure of the City Council, shall receive such salary as may be fixed by the City Council and, when acting in such capacity, shall have all the powers and duties of the Judge of said Court. (Res. No. 916, Props. 3, 4, 4-9-73)
(Amendment adopted by electorate 5-7-94; Amendment adopted by electorate 5-8-10; Amendment adopted by electorate 5-12-12)