MISDEMEANORS/MANDATE FIRST APPEARANCE.

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 357 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 13, 2019
AN ACT TO REQUIRE FIRST APPEARANCE BEFORE A DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FOR A DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH A MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE.
Intro. by Morey, D. Hall, Richardson, Rogers.

Status: Ref to the Com on Judiciary, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House (House action) (Mar 14 2019)
H 357

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Mar 13 2019 - More information

    Amends GS 15A-601, expanding the statute to require any defendant charged with a crime in a magistrate's order under GS 15A-511 or criminal process be brought before a district court judge in the district court district in which the crime is charged to have been committed (previously, appearance limited to crimes charged in the original jurisdiction of the superior court). Eliminates the option for a defendant to elect not to appear personally at the first appearance if the defendant is represented by counsel at the proceeding. Makes language gender-neutral. Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2019.


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