TO EXPAND THE AUTHORITY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS WITH THE STATE FOR THE PROVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANCE AND ASSISTANCE WITH COURT PROGRAMS.
Amends GS 7A-44.1 to allow each senior resident superior court judge or chief district court judge to apply to the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to permit local governments to contract with the state for administrative and court programs assistance (was, for secretarial services). Authorizes the Director of AOC to provide such assistance upon a showing that the resources would improve the overall administration of justice (rather than provide for the speedy disposition of cases involving drug offenses, domestic violence, or other threats to public safety). Makes a conforming change to the section heading.
Makes conforming changes to GS 153A-212.1 (counties) and GS 160A-289.1(cities).
Effective July 1, 2011.