AN ACT TO ENSURE THAT ALL MAGISTRATES RECEIVE THE EDUCATION NECESSARY TO PERFORM THE DUTY OF A MAGISTRATE.
Amends GS 7A-171.2 to require an individual to now also have completed an annual in-service training in addition to the already required basic training course in order to be eligible for re-nomination as a magistrate.
Amends GS 7A-177 by removing requirements related to continuing education courses and instead requires magistrate to annually complete a course of in-service training (except for the calendar year in which the magistrate completes the course of basic training). The course must be satisfactorily completed and consists of at least 12 hours in a magistrate's civil and criminal duties, including, but not limited to, five specified topics. The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is authorized to conduct the training or may contract with the UNC School of Government or any other qualified educational organization to do so. Requires AOC to adopt policies to implement these requirements.
Effective January 1, 2022.
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