AN ACT TO INCREASE JUDICIAL EFFICIENCY AND THE EFFECTIVE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE BY MAKING HARD COPIES OF APPELLATE DIVISION REPORTS AVAILABLE TO PERSONS AND ENTITIES OTHER THAN THOSE LISTED IN STATUTE AT COST AND ALSO MAKING THEM AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY, ESTABLISHING THE JOINT SELECT STUDY COMMITTEE ON THE PRESERVATION OF BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE, DIRECTING THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS TO DEVELOP A CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR CIVIL CASES IN SUPERIOR COURT, DIRECTING THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS TO DEVELOP A WRITTEN, COMPREHENSIVE POLICY FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES, DIRECTING THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS TO STUDY THE APPOINTMENT AND SUPERVISION OF MAGISTRATES, PROVIDING A MECHANISM FOR ENFORCING PAYMENT OF THE CRIMINAL MEDIATION FEE, AND PROVIDING FOR MEDIATED SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES IN DISTRICT COURT CIVIL ACTIONS.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to 1st edition.
Removes the provisions of the 1st edition making a substantial reduction in the distribution of hard copies of the appellate division reports at state expense, decreasing the number of recipients and decreasing the number of copies to the remaining recipients.
Includes the provisions of SL 2015-40 allowing a recipient of a copy or copies of the appellate division reports to choose not to receive its copy or copies, or to receive fewer than the number of copies allotted to it, by notifying the Administrative Officer of the Courts in writing.
Removes the directive to the Department of Public Safety to study the possibility and cost-effectiveness of contracting with local business to perform maintenance on highway patrol vehicles.
Changes the effective date of Section 6, pertaining to criminal cases referred to mediation, and Section 7, pertaining to settlement procedures, to October 1, 2015 (was, July 1, 2015). All other sections are effective when they become law.
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