AN ACT TO REQUIRE A FIRST APPEARANCE BEFORE A DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FOR A DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH A MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE AND HELD IN CUSTODY AND TO REQUIRE THAT A FIRST APPEARANCE FOR ANY CRIMINAL CHARGE BE HELD WITHIN SEVENTY-TWO HOURS OF WHEN A DEFENDANT IS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Further amends GS 15A-601 to require a defendant's first appearance before a district court judge to be held at the earlier of the first regular session of the district court in the county or within 72 hours after the defendant is taken into custody (previously, alternatively within 96 hours after taken into custody). Makes conforming changes regarding the clerk's authority to conduct the first appearance if the district court judge is unavailable within this period, and specifies such appearances before the clerk must be during regular business hours. Makes a technical change.
Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.