TO PROVIDE FOR SUPERVISION OF MAGISTRATES BY THE CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT IN EACH COUNTY, TO PROVIDE THE JUDICIAL STANDARDS COMMISSION WITH THE AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE AND DISCIPLINE MAGISTRATES, TO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF SIX-PERSON JURIES IN MISDEMEANOR CASES, AND TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN CONTROL OF CALENDARING IN SUPERIOR COURT BY THE SENIOR RESIDENT SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to 2nd edition.
Makes the amendments to GS 7A-173 (concerning removal or suspension of magistrate from duties) effective January 1, 2013 (was, January 1, 2012), and applicable to charges filed on or after that date. Makes additional technical and clarifying changes.
Amends GS 7A-49.4(c) to clarify that the senior resident superior court judge may provide notice and schedule a trial conference if a case has not been tried within nine months after the defendant was indicted or bound over to superior court (previously allowed a district attorney to object upon a showing of good cause). Changes the effective date for the amendment to January 1, 2013 (was, January 1, 2012). Sets the reporting date for the Administrative Office of the Courts at March 1, 2013.
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