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1893. 11 S. L. 763

§ 178. Appropriations for Wadsworth Athenaeum. The city of Hartford is hereby authorized and empowered to appropriate, by concurrent vote of the court of common council of said city, and pay over to the Wadsworth Athenæum annually, a sum not exceeding one-half of one mill upon the grand list of said city last made and perfected, for the purpose of supporting and maintaining a free public library and art gallery, with their appurtenances, and of furnishing needed accommodations therefor.

1876. 8 S. L. 16.

$ 179. Rewards for conviction of criminals. The court of common council of the city of Hartford may offer suitable rewards for the apprehension and conviction of such person or persons as shall have committed, or shall commit, crimes within the limits of said city.

1879. 8 S. L. 264.

§ 180. Appropriations not to exceed estimates except upon two-thirds vote. It shall be the duty of the court of common council of the city of Hartford at their last meeting in each fiscal year,

to make an estimate of the sumis necessary to defray the expenses of the several departments of said city for the ensuing year, and the court of common council of said city for the year ensuing shall not make any appropriation or authorize the expenditure of any sum in excess of the estimates made as aforesaid, excepting upon a two-thirds vote of said court of common council; nor shall any of the departments of said city expend any sum in excess of said estimates, except the same be authorized by a twothirds vote of said court of common council.

1859. 5 S. L. 324.

1860.

§ 181. Publication of ordinances. No ordinance passed by the court of common council shall take effect until ten days from the passage of said ordinance, nor until it has been published twice in two or more daily papers issued within the city of Hartford, 58. L. 348. and the clerk of said city shall cause every ordinance passed by the said court of common council to be published without unreasonable delay, and a certificate of the city clerk upon the record of such ordinance that the same has been so published shall be prima facie evidence thereof in any suit or proceeding, and no ordinance shall be valid if repugnant to the laws of the state.

1872. 78. L. 276.

§ 182. Power to revise and alter ordinances. The court of common council of the city of Hartford may from time to time revise the ordinances of said city, combining therein existing ordinances, and making such alteration as they may deem necessary, which revision, so made, shall be legal and valid, without the publication now required to be made of new ordinances.

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CHAPTER 14.

CITY COURT.

1859. 5 S. L. 324.

§ 183. Jurisdiction and powers. A city court of said city shall continue to be holden in said city on the first Monday of each month, and to have power to adjourn from time to time; and shall continue to have cognizance of the cases of which it now has jurisdiction by virtue of the original charter of said city and of subsequent amendments thereof; and its jurisdiction is hereby declared to embrace all cases either at law or in equity whenever the cause of action shall arise or have arisen within the limits of said city, or concerns land within said limits, and one or both parties live within the same, and any suit or action that may be commenced in favor of any bank, located in said city, upon any writing obligatory, payable by the terms of it at said bank or indorsed to said bank. Said city court shall continue to have power to proceed to try, decide and enforce judgment and execution, in cases within its jurisdiction in the same manner as the superior court; and its executions shall be served and returned in the same manner as superior court executions.

1905. 14 S. L. 600.

§ 184. Idem. The city court of the city of Hartford shall have exclusive jurisdiction of all civil cases now cognizable by justices of the peace for the town of Hartford; but this section shall not affect actions before justices of the peace in said town on the first Monday of June, 1905.

1859. 5 S. L. 325.

1872. 7 S. L. 276.

§ 185. Recorder; clerk's authority. Said court shall continue to be composed of a recorder who shall be judge. And said court shall appoint and swear a clerk of such court who shall be sworn to a faithful discharge of his duties, and shall give bonds therefor, if required to do so by the by-laws or ordinances of said city, and the said clerk shall have in matters pertaining to said court, the same authority as clerks of the superior court.

§ 186. Term of office and salary of recorder. The recorder of said court shall be appointed by the general assembly,

1905. 14 S. L. 601. 1869. 7 S. L. 867.

and shall hold office for two years from the first Monday of June next following his appointment, and until his successor is duly appointed and qualified, and shall receive a salary, which shall be paid by said city, the amount of which shall be established by the court of common council of said city; but the amount of said salary shall not be less than two thousand dollars per annum.

§ 187. Justice of the peace may act as judge. Whenever, by reason of sickness, interest, disqualification, absence, or from any other cause, the recorder of said city court shall be rendered unable or disqualified to act as judge therein, said recorder may designate some one justice of the peace resident within the city of Hartford to act as judge thereof, and such justice of the peace, so appointed and entered upon the record, shall, for the time of such disqualification, sickness, interest, absence, or other cause, have all the powers vested in the recorder of said city court by law, except in case of a vacancy in said office.

§ 188. Compensation of acting judge. Any justice of the peace designated by the recorder of the city court to act as judge thereof shall be paid five dollars for each day, or part thereof, during which he holds a session of said court; but all sums so paid to any justice or justices of the peace in excess of two hundred dollars in any year shall be deducted from the amount to be paid to said recorder as his salary.

§ 189. Certificate concerning acting judge: Clerk's salary. Whenever any justice of the peace shall act as judge of said court, the clerk thereof shall forthwith certify such fact to the controller of the city. The clerk of said court shall receive a salary which shall be paid by said city, and the amount of which shall be established by the court of common council of said city; but the amount of said salary shall not be less than six hundred dollars per annum.

1905. 14 S. L. 602.

Idem.

1905. 14 S. L. 601.

§ 190. Taxable costs and fees. Taxable costs in the city court and the fees of the clerk of said court shall be the same as are provided by the general statutes for the superior court, except in cases at law wherein the damages claimed do not exceed two hundred dollars, and in all other cases at law in said court wherein the damages allowed do not exceed one hundred dollars;

Idem.

1859. 5 S. L. 326.

in such cases the prevailing party shall receive, by way of indemnity for all proceedings, one dollar, and the fees of the clerk shall be as follows: entry fee, one dollar, judgment fee, two dollars; judgment file, one dollar; executions, twenty-five cents.

§ 191. Costs and fees to be paid into city treasury. All costs and fees taxed and allowed in said court shall be paid into the treasury of said city, the clerk of said court accounting for and paying over the same quarterly on the first business day of the months of March, June, September, and December during each year. § 192. Service and return of process.

When the defendant who is sued to said city court at law or in equity lives within the limits of said city, the writ shall be served upon him at least six days before the sitting of the court to which the same is returnable; but if the defendant lives without the limits of the city, the writ shall be served at least twelve days before the sitting of the court; and all writs returnable to the city court shall be returned to said court before the first opening thereof.

$ 193. Idem. In all actions at law where the matter in demand does not exceed one hundred dollars, the general statutes relating to the service and return of process before justices of the peace shall apply to the service and return of such process before said city court.

§ 194. Punishment of sheriff for neglect to serve writ. In case any sheriff, deputy sheriff, or constable shall not serve a writ directed to and received by him, that is returnable to the city court, or shall neglect to make return of said writ, or shall make a false return thereof, and a suit for such default be brought against him to such city court, by the person, his executor or administrator, in whose favor the suit issued, and the defendant be found in default, the court, over and above awarding just damages to the party, shall, on said suit, set a suitable fine upon the defendant, according to the nature of the case, and may issue execution for the same, which fine shall be to the treasury of the city.

$195. Procedure. Said court shall establish its own rules of procedure.

1905. 14 S. L. 601.

1869. 5 S. L. 326.

1905. 14 S. L. 601.

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