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Gold Hill Municipal Court Judge

Qualifications: A municipal judge need not be an attorney, although most are. Municipal judges are usually appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the city council. A few Oregon cities have elected judges. Qualifications for office are determined by the city council or charter. A municipal judge may perform weddings anywhere within the state of Oregon.Term: 4 yearsSalary: Varies by CityMany incorporated cities in Oregon have a municipal court as authorized by charter and state law. Municipal courts have concurrent jurisdiction with circuit and justice courts over all violations and misdemeanors committed or triable in the city in which the court is located. They do not have jurisdiction over felonies. Municipal courts primarily hear traffic violations and crimes; violations of municipal codes and ordinances, including animal, high grass and trash nuisances; vehicle impoundments and forfeitures; and parking and pedestrian violations. They also hear certain minor tobacco, liquor and drug violations. Municipal courts may be a court of record, although most are not. Municipal court procedures are controlled to a large extent by state law.

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What alternatives to incarceration do you support for nonviolent crimes?

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How can the courts improve fairness in bail proceedings for low income defendants?