(a) The Chief Justice of the High Court, whenever he determines that the efficient disposition of the court’s business and the convenience of persons charged so requires, may constitute the clerk or deputy clerk of the High Court, or any other appropriate official of the government, or if such other appropriate officials are not available for appointment, any suitable and responsible person, as a clerk in the violations bureau.
(b) It shall be the function of the violations bureau to accept appearance, waiver of trial, plea of guilty and payment of fine and costs in misdemeanor traffic offenses and traffic infractions, subject to the limitations prescribed by this chapter.
(c) The violations bureau shall serve under the direction and control of the High Court.
(d) The district court shall by order, which may from time to time be amended, supplemented or repealed, designate the misdemeanor traffic offenses and traffic infractions within the authority of the violations bureau; provided, that such offenses shall in no event include felonies, accidents, resulting in property damage or personal injury, operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a narcotic or habit-producing drug, or permitting another person who is under such influence to operate a motor vehicle owned by the defendant or in his custody or control, reckless driving or leaving the scene of an accident.
(e) The District Court, by published order to be prominently posted in the place where the fines are to be paid, shall specify by suitable schedules the amount of fines to be imposed for first, second and subsequent offenses, designating each offense specifically in the schedules, provided such fines are within the limits declared by statute or ordinance. Fines and costs shall be paid to, receipted by and accounted for by the violations bureau in accordance with these rules.History: 1966, PL9-37; amd 1979, PL 16-53 § 69; 2001, PL 27-8.
Amendments: 1979 Subsections (d) and (e): substituted references to District Court for references to “the court,” and references to the violations bureau for references to the violations clerks.