A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE A MECHANISM FOR ENFORCING PAYMENT OF THE CRIMINAL MEDIATION FEE, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH COMMISSION'S COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAL EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE AND TO ALLOW THE CONFERENCE OF CHIEF DISTRICT JUDGES TO PRESCRIBE UNIFORM STATEWIDE PRESUMPTIVE GUIDELINES FOR THE COMPUTATION OF RETROACTIVE CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS.
Amends GS 7A-38.7(b) to prohibit dismissing a criminal case via referral to mediation unless the full dispute resolution fee is paid within 60 days of the referral. Requires that the case be remanded to the court for disposition if the fee payment has not been made within the 60 days. Effective October 1, 2014, and applies to criminal cases referred to mediation on or after that date.
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