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 the 2nd edition.
Returns content to the same as provided for in Section 1 of the 1st edition by amending GS 7A-343.1, to make a substantial reduction in the distribution of hard copies of the appellate division reports at state expense, decrease the number of recipients and decrease the number of copies to the remaining recipients. Directs the Administrative Officer of the Courts to develop a process for making copies of the appellate division reports available for purchase at a purchase price that equals the actual cost to the state for publication and shipping of the report. Enacts new GS 7A-343.1(c), requiring that the appellate division reports be available electronically through publication in a downloadable format on a publicly available website, at no cost to the recipient.
Makes a technical change to GS 7A-343.1(b), reflecting current law.
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